My mum’s birthday is coming up and it’s always a daunting day for me cos it means the task of the birthday cake falls on me. In previous years, it was easier. Either preorder the cake or just walk into one of the many cake stores available and get one. But since I’ve taken on the mantle of baker, I no longer have that luxury.
Don’t get me wrong, I love baking cakes for the people I love but baking a cake for mama is a huge pressure test.
And if you thought baking a cake for a potential mother in law was bad, baking a cake for your mum is worst!
This year she wants a two tier cake. I’m like TWO TIER?! Why? It’s not your wedding!
And she went, “It’s what I want.” End of story. So do you see what I have to put up with? Thus begin the quest of figuring out what kind of cake to bake, what kind of frosting, what kind of flavours and whenever I ask her if she has a preference to anything, her reply is, “You decide”. Arrrghh!! That’s the worst kind of answer cos it means if she doesn’t like it, then it’s my fault! Oh why oh why did I decide to stay in Malaysia? I should have just married that Saudi prince when I had the chance 😉
What is it about baking for our parents that lives us so nervous? Or is it just me? Cos no matter how old you are and how many kids you have and how much you achieve, your mama will always be your mama. And you will never outbake her. Never. Ever.
I got my sister to help me with the concept of the cake and we decided to keep it simple but make it as value packed as possible. So the vanilla cake was super rich and filled with the essence of vanilla and the chocolate cake was decadent and packed with chunks of chocolate. Also, made a brownie ganache frosting to sandwich the layers together. And guess what? It was a hit! She loved it! The cake disappeared within ten minutes of being cut. And that made me a very happy baker.
So, happy birthday mama. Can’t imagine life without you.