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Purple cake and purple frosting

Aberwacky's picture

Grant has requested a purple cake with purple frosting for his 3rd birthday on Sunday (I don't know where he came up with it).

I'm not a baker of sweets, so I'm clueless. Suggestions?

Oh, and I should mention DH is going in for surgery on his ankle to repair a tendon on Thursday, and will be on crutches for 6 weeks, so something simple would be good. (G)

Leigh

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StevenHB's picture

(post #64735, reply #64 of 133)

In this case, I'm sure that it wasn't me.  I don't know if it was DW or some other kid at the day care center.


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Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #65 of 133)

OMG.


Today I took Max and 3 of his buddies out for ice-cream since it was the last day of school (yayayayayay!).  They are all talking and one of them mentioned that someone at school (didn't catch the name) was "hot".  Then there was much "yea, she's HOT" he-he-he kind of stuff.  I stopped them - "Boys, what does that mean, when a girl is 'hot'?"


They didn't know.  They assumed it meant she was pretty.  So I told them it was inappropriate for a young boy to use that phrase, it was disrespectful, and I didn't want to hear ANY of them saying it, and if their mothers heard them they wouldn't like it either.


Apparently one of their friends at school taught them this word.  This same boy has an 18 year old brother.


I'm sorry - I'm not a prude.  But NO WAY is my 7 year old going to go around saying that girls are "Hot"!  No, no, no-no-no-no!


Damn Paris Hilton!  (sigh...)  I swear, parenting is getting more difficult...


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

TracyK's picture

(post #64735, reply #66 of 133)

As it has been, so shall it ever be... heh.


I distinctly remember having a similar conversation with my mother when I was about Max's age, around the word "jerk off." Had no clue what it meant, just picked it up from some older kids at school.


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MadMom's picture

(post #64735, reply #67 of 133)

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Jean's picture

(post #64735, reply #68 of 133)

DH at about that age told a neighbor woman to go F*** a duck. He also had no idea what it meant, just liked the alliteration. LOL. After his mom was through with him he was no more enlightened as to the meaning, but he did know it was not a good thing to say. Too funny.





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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #64735, reply #69 of 133)

You want disturbing?
Try overhearing your neighbor's teenaged son telling his friend about "the MILF across the street."

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Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #70 of 133)

(oh...)  Oh, my.  Yes, I would be disturbed.  On the other hand, at least you know you are HOT! (G)

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

StevenHB's picture

(post #64735, reply #71 of 133)

"yea, she's HOT"


I have to admit that I don't find that particularly offensive.  Boys will be boys and saying that they find a girl attractive doesn't seem to me to be out-of-bounds.



Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #74 of 133)

Hmmm - maybe because you're not a girl???  I don't know, Steven - most of the Mom's I know find it offensive.  I know I do. 

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Syrah's picture

(post #64735, reply #75 of 133)

If they said she was "cute" would that be okay?

Honestly, I remember describing boys and adult actors as hot. I was a wee bit older than Max is though, and it seemed to be a graduated term for cute.

I believe in champagne...

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AnnL's picture

(post #64735, reply #76 of 133)

There's a difference between saying someone is attractive, good looking, beautiful and saying they're hot.  The hot adjective implies more than just attractive--it implies a sexual turn on quality.  While the kids Max's age don't understand it, that doesn't make it any less true.  And, the fact that they're using it without understanding it, makes it more powerful because it's accepted and not questioned.   Once they do understand it, they're accustomed to viewing females in that manner and it just perpetuates a culture that keeps women objectified as objects. 


Ann
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Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Syrah's picture

(post #64735, reply #78 of 133)

Really? I had never thought of those inferences. I'll have to have a think about it.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #102 of 133)

Yes, exactly what you said.  Thank you!

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

AnnL's picture

(post #64735, reply #103 of 133)

See, something else we agree on!  ;-)

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Aberwacky's picture

(post #64735, reply #104 of 133)

Well, the cake was a big success! Grant was delighted with it (but didn't eat much), and Hugo loved it (and had the green poop to prove it).

We realized hours later we didn't get a picture--with Dave propped up on the couch and me wrangling kids, it just didn't happen. Oh, well.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

Leigh

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"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Marcia's picture

(post #64735, reply #105 of 133)

Sorry there is no picture, but it's understandable with all you were doing. I'm delighted to hear that the cake was a success and that Mr. Wacky is in a recovery mode. :)

RuthWells's picture

(post #64735, reply #106 of 133)

Well done -- they get easier from now on (both the cakes and the kids, lol!).

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msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #107 of 133)

awww, i would have loved to have seen photos! Glad Grant was happy.
FWIW, here is my slumpy R2D2 cake. I should have gotten photos before i left my house, but i was rushing to get to the home of the friend who was hosting the party. Her little boy was in DS's class and had a birthday the day before DS and she invited ust to go in together for one big party, which was a great idea. But i had to drive a few miles in the afternoon heat and the cake took it kind of hard :-) (BTW- thanks to whoever mentioned running the AC in the car before getting in. sounds like a no-brainer, but i probably would have forgotten. problem is, mine never gets very cold and the sun was beating in pretty hard.)

oops- it's sideways. i'll tryto fix it-


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Jean's picture

(post #64735, reply #108 of 133)

That's really cute, even sideways. :)





Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #110 of 133)

Thanks!
the white frosting looks funky because i had to try to smooth it over again after replacing the decorations that slid down on the car trip over. i placed the bamboo skewer thru the top of the head so that ex-DH could use it to steady the cake on the way to the party. worked great, and i had a circle of the blue (all the blue is fruit roll-ups) to put on top and cover the hole when we got there. I had brought a bag of the blue icing to trim the bottom there to cover the mess i knew would be around the cake from the trip.

DS didn't want candles messing up that cake, so they went on the exploding chocolate planet cake :-). R2D2 was lemon.

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
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Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #112 of 133)

Wow!  What are you apologizing for???  That's pretty darn spectacular!  I love it!  What did you use for all the details, fondant? 


Edited to say:  never mind, I should have finished reading!  Fruit roll-ups - great idea!



Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain


Edited 6/11/2008 11:35 am ET by Biscuit

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #113 of 133)

the lopsided slumping and compressing bummed me out :-S
That cake was probably 2 inches taller when i did the crumb coat the day before. I did use bamboo skewers inside to hold up the domed top, but looking back, i should have added a support in the middle of the body, which was three 6" rounds.
AND... well, the roll-ups are more of a cerulean blue when the details should have been *cobalt*. LOL, but i am letting go of the perfection obsession (OBviously!)
BTW, here's the generic exploding planet cake with sparkler candles. it was a big party for the 2 boys, so i had to provide a chocolate alternative to the lemon cake.

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
–Jack Handey


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helena1's picture

(post #64735, reply #116 of 133)

Okay, I do think I like this one even better, that is really so very creative and cool!

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MadMom's picture

(post #64735, reply #109 of 133)

That's cute!  Just in case you couldn't fix it, here it is right side up.



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msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #111 of 133)

Thank you! it showed up correctly on my screen, but apparently an earlier file is what i attached, the original which i took with the camera sideways.

I LOooove the edible metallic powders- so pretty and easy (and fun) to work with! you can see that the band of silver fondant had slipped down and sideways, but i couldn't replace it because when i touched it, the silver liften completely off (in the heat, the fondant was oozing a sort of oily film that the powder was floating on. looked fine until you touched it.)

My hat is off to all you bakers, esp in the south, who make delicious and attractive cakes and have to transport them intact.The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
–Jack Handey


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Sondra's picture

(post #64735, reply #114 of 133)

Incredible!  Beautifully executed.  You are way more talented (not to mention patient) than I.


Congrats!  I'm sure it will go over (went??) big.

msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #117 of 133)

the party was last Sunday, and all THREE cakes went over extremely well. They disappeared so fast, after all that work. The mom who hosted wanted to make a cake too, and she got this really cool idea off the internet. It's an ice cream cake with a ramekin of dry ice buried in a mound of chocolate ice cream. Yoda sits on a cookie suspended over the ice (by licorice sticks), and appears to be making a landing, "smoke" and all.

Here's photo of all 3 cakes on the table. It's hard to make everything out in the photo, as the dry ice is fogging nicely here. there's plastic Star Wars figures on her cake, Yoda, Darth, and anon aliens :-)
Host mom didn't want the wet kids in the house so we served them outside after all. We had a tough time getting the kids to move away so we could light the candles! I think her cake tops mine, plus it was way easier to boot!

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
–Jack Handey


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Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #118 of 133)

Okay, I'm not just saying this because I know you - but seriously?  Her cake is very cute, but I like yours better.   Not just because I appreciate how much work went into it, but - well, it's just so cool.


JMO, of course.


Fun idea, though, to do all 3 cakes!  Love them!


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

MadMom's picture

(post #64735, reply #119 of 133)

Okay, I'm sure you love your friend, but I think your cakes are way cool.  I'll bet the birthday boys were thrilled.  I take my hat off to anyone who is actually as talented as you are, so stop apologizing...they look great!



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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