7 Quick Takes, vol. 83

1. Last night I started a Wilton cake decorating class. It’s very interesting to see how, uh, passionate, people get on the subject. Myself included. There could have been a knock-down, drag-out fight over icing recipes in the aisle of Michael’s last night, but we all managed to control ourselves. 🙂

2. As far as I’m concerned, the greatest mystery of cake decorating is this: How do you make that icing you actually WANT to eat? Turns out, that’s not on the syllabus. Because “we’re not making things people are actually going to eat,” someone said, and my jaw hit the floor. Uh…color me weird, but I do expect people to eat what I make…otherwise what’s the point?

3. But here’s the part I really don’t understand. As I asked questions about icing, the instructor gave me this confused look and said, “No, this isn’t the icing you use to frost the cake. I mean, you can, but no, when you go buy your box mix” (!!!!!) “you just pick up the can of frosting that goes with it.” (!!!!!!!!!)

And fully ¾ of the class nodded their heads.

[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=cake&iid=122210″ src=”0118/a62cd34c-bc0a-4aac-8b4f-556a255ce262.jpg?adImageId=13094971&imageId=122210″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /]

4. Call me crazy, but I just don’t get it. You’re buying expensive products like specialty sugar, meringue powder, and concentrated gel colors to make from scratch an icing to make extremely fancy roses, shells, etc. And then you BUY PREMADE ICING to put on a BOX CAKE????? Am I the only one who thinks this is just a little bit, uh, inconsistent?

5. So folks, do any of my esteemed readers know how to make that awesome icing that I could eat all day? They seem to do it at Gerbes and Hy Vee…I keep asking all my cake making friends their recipes, so maybe someday I’ll stumble on one I can’t live without.

6. Okay, I’ll move on with life now. This essay, called “last one picked,” is a telling reflection on that horrifying 80-90% abortion rate for kids with Down’s.

7. And, to end the day on an up note, my book is in the queue. Joy to the World: Advent Activities for your Family is scheduled for release on July 31!

Yes, we’re ahead of the season, but the key to having a restful, rather than stressful, December is planning. It’s not too early to be thinking! JttW is short, and better still, it’s only $6. If you have a young family, I hope you’ll order one and join us in discussion here this December!