The daughter of a friend was approaching her 4th birthday when we celebrated Buddy's birthday with a dragon party. She told me she was planning on a Strawberry Shortcake party and I inquired if she would like me to make her a special cake. I showed her one in the Wilton magazine and she immediately took me up on the offer. What 4 year old wouldn't, right?
I didn't have all the required colors for tinting the frosting... so I improvised. I originally planned on mixing a little green and orange in an effort to get flesh tone but when Buddy came up to me as I was working to request a sippy cup of chocolate milk, I had a light-bulb moment. The frosting recipe called for milk... using chocolate milk to alter the color was brillant (at least in my mind)! I am certainly becoming more comfortable with my cake decorating skills to try something like that. ;DThe little princess was delighted and as her mom prepared the candles she said to me, "I just love my Strawberry Shortcake cake. Thank you." Her soft voice in appreciation made all the time that went into the cake worthwhile. "You are welcome, Sweetheart."