Tasty Cakes

I have a confession to make. I cannot bake a cake. {And I am not Dr. Suess}

I have outsourced every single birthday cake and cupcake ever presented to my children. Although, I once attempted to make gluten-free cupcakes for my son’s class and they turned into chocolate dust as soon as the kids took a bite. I was not thrilled to be cleaning that crumb explosion off the floor.

Learning how to bake a delicious (most important) and beautiful cake is on my 40 before 40 list. I have a few years, thankfully. This is my goal:

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(from top left: bbcgoodfood.com; sweetapolita.com; sweetapolita.com; ohhappyday.com; mybakingaddiction.com; stylemepretty.com; dessertsforbreakfast.com)

But in the meantime, this is where I go for the most delicious offerings in Los Angeles.

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(from top left: susie cakes; vanilla bake shop; hotcakes; babycakes (vegan and gluten-free); sweet lady janes; hansen’s (cupcake); huckleberry (my go-to for take out treats like donuts, caramel bars, cookies, croissants.)

PARTY OF MASS DESTRUCTION

In planning my son’s upcoming birthday, I can’t help but think of the success of last year’s Angry Birds party. We had recently moved into a new house, so I kept a bunch of moving boxes to set up a “live action” Angry Birds set. I filled the green pig balloons with beans to keep them in place on the boxes so they kids could try to shoot them off with bean bags and sling shots.

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The chaos started when the balloons got hit and exploded beans. This was a 7 year-old boy’s dream come true. I decided to go with the excitement and let them start destroying the boxes- pretty soon the kids were jumping on the boxes, popping balloons over each other’s heads for a waterfall of beans, and generally causing as much mayhem as humanly possible. They were ecstatic!

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The beauty of it was the kids got to be kids. No one got hurt. Everyone had fun. And the clean up was nothing more than sweeping up some dried beans and recycling the broken down boxes. I think there is a real market for boy parties where they can make a huge mess without anyone yelling at them.

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