story: our first lamb cake

 In an effort to remember the details, I will be documenting certain stories here on my blog to revisit later when I want to scrapbook them.  You can read more about that here.

This is the story of our first baked lamb cake.
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The only thing I wanted to do this past Easter was make a lamb cake.  I didn't care where we went or who we saw, as long as I had time to make this cake.  We had a plan to make one last year (Easter 2014), but when Alex got sick at the last minute, we yanked the idea.  I know some of my family was a little sad about it, so I made it a point to make one this year.  It was important for me to make a lamb cake (at least once in my life) because both of my Grandmas baked a lamb cake on Easter each year, and I remember always being soooo excited for it!
Honestly, our first lamb cake turned out pretty good!  Alex was a tremendous help (as always) and I don't know that it would have been perfect without him.  I made it a point to do a little research before we baked it so we could have the best lamb cake possible.  (This pin was the most helpful one I found).  There were only a few little setbacks, which we can laugh about now, but at the time of making it, were enough to drive us crazy and get us to turn on each other!


It started with the sifter.  The first direction on the list: sift the cake flour.  (WHY OH WHY don't I fully look at recipes BEFORE I make them?!)  No sifter.  Great!  We thought we could use tulle, but alas, we used the rest of our tulle when we decorated my brother and sister-in-law's car for their wedding last October.  So I asked Alex "Don't you have some kind of net?"  Lightbulb!  He furiously dug through his fishing stuff until he found two little nets used to catch minnows.  Perfect!  (Luckily, they were brand new and NO FISH had been in there before!).  We laughed soooooo hard while we were sifting flour through the minnow net.

Our only other mishap was when we tried to separate egg yolks from the whites.  I've seen my Grandma do this LOADS of times, but it is definitely harder than it looks!  Alex remembered a trick for doing this that someone at work told him.  Take an empty water bottle and squeeze all the air out of it.  Then, put the opening up against the yolk and unsqueeze.  The suction sucks the yolk right up.  It worked great on the first two, but the yolk broke on the third and contaminated the whole bowl of egg whites.  Dang it!  In the end, we ended up wasting about four eggs.  More importantly, we had our egg whites!

 
The rest of the cake pretty much went down without a hitch.  Getting the lamb out of the mold was only the hardest when we got to the nose.  That sucker was stuck on there and did not want to come out.  It took us about 30 mins to finally get the lamb out completely!  Next time, we'll use a little less flour and it should be fine.


We ended up with a full lamb: no missing ears or lopped off head or even a broken nose!  Yah!  It wasn't hard at all to decorate the lamb.  I just had to use gentle hands, which is sometimes hard for me, but I was able to frost the whole cake by myself.


My family loved the cake so much and I received lots of compliments!  (I really think it made my Aunt and Grandpa sooo happy, which makes me so happy!)  We were feeling so proud that Alex suggested making another one that same day.  Haha!  Yah right!  We BOTH got a good laugh at that one!  We will definitely be making one again next year.  I think my Grandma would be so proud of me for even attempting it.  As you may or may not know, I am not a natural cook or baker, but I'm learning, so I guess that's all that matters, right?

xoxo

PS: Have you ever attempted a lamb (or other shaped) cake?  I'd love to hear your story!  Leave it in the comments below. 

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