Sesame Street Birthday Cake Challenge

I actually did this a couple weeks ago but completely forgot to blog it due to the constant brain farts I experience from lack of sleep! I’m convinced the monkeys have conjured up a secret plan to take turns on who will wake up 3 times a night on alternate weeks 😳
Ironically I’m writing this entry on my phone at 4:30 am as I have given up going back to sleep an hour ago and am sitting in the rocking chair in the monkeys’ room.

So now that I have had a lonely and small pity party for myself I can continue! Oh and prepare yourself because this might be a longer than usual entry due to everything being from scratch and a ton of creative juices that flowed in this masterpiece lol!

My cousin was throwing her daughter a 1st birthday party with a Sesame Street theme and I was to be making the cake for this once in a lifetime milestone event…no pressure!

As in a previous blog, I had done a pull apart cake for my monkeys 2nd birthday and thought I would do the same.

When I realized the number of guests I had to make a change as the pull apart cake would definitely not suffice.
So I called on my go to gal The Barefoot Contessa and decided to make her Birthday Sheet Cake. If you ever have to serve a lot of people (over 15 guests) this is the cake to make. It’s a sheet cake because its baked in a baking sheet so it’s big. I made her vanilla cake although she does have a chocolate recipe as well. I also made a vanilla buttercream instead of her chocolate buttercream as prefer a light background 😊

I googled Sesame Street printables and found Elmo and Cookie Monster and printed out the characters. They were the perfect size for the cake so I didn’t have to fidget with size yay!

I taped the printed sheets to my countertop and then secured parchment paper over top and using piping gel traced out the printables. I then transferred them onto the cake’s divine buttercream frosting that had set overnight.

The Sesame Street sign I free handed along with the name and words. Now the ‘Happy Birthday’ came out a little wonky because it is extremely challenging to keep a steady hand with 2 monkeys using your legs as a jungle gym!! 😁😁😁😁

I’m such a ‘from scratch’ kinda gal that I do the insane task of making my own icing colours…except red and black because I’m not certifiably insane!

I think I’ve kept you from the rest of your life long enough so here’s the final result…

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I was so happy with the pop the primary colours gave and the taste was awesome if I do say so myself –toot toot! Actually the final cake had red sugar crystals that I sprinkled over the white part but I forgot to take a picture 😳 It gave it a funner look ☺

I left it in the baking sheet for fear that I would totally screw up the transfer so I just used parchment paper as a last minute cover up of the handle thingies of the baking sheet.

Keep it creative and I will not be committing to another cake of this labour magnitude until the monkeys are old enough to clean up my baking and decorating aftermath 😉

Monkeying around for lunch

The monkeys are getting busier by the second and meal time is no exception! Getting them to stay in their seats to complete a meal is like doing The Amazing Race with all the running around I do coming up with new things to keep them entertained!

So usually they watch a show during lunchtime but they have gotten lazy to feed themselves and that means mommy has the fork-in-the-eye painstaking task of feeding both of them!

I had to come up with food that looked fun to hold and eat…and what is more fun than food on a stick!

My first test at this novel idea was PB&J and banana…add in an apple flower design…

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It was like a whole new mealtime world came into existence! The monkeys loved this mommy masterpiece!

So the next day I tried grilled cheese sandwiches and cucumber…

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I couldn’t believe they were actually eating cucumber which usually elicits the overused “No want it” phrase! 😳

Sometime next week I think I will delve into a more deconstructed approach and skewer a sandwich in its distinctive parts…bread, lettuce, cheese, tomato, bread…when cutting the cheese make sure it’s a decent cube size so it doesn’t split when you put it on the stick!
If you can’t tell, I used chopsticks as skewers as the regular wooden skewers would be too sharp and dangerous for my little monkeys.
Fruit kebabs is another great way to get the normally rejected nutrition into them 😊
Even pasta like tortellini would work too with a small side bowl of marinara sauce because dipping is another favourite mealtime sport!

Keep it creative until we meet again!