Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cake Baking

Zach really wants a cake shaped like a fire engine for his fourth birthday in a few weeks.  I'm not quite sure how to make it, but tonight I decided to make a practice cake, hoping that I will be able to work out the kinks and the details before his actual birthday on June 8th.  So I asked Zach if he wanted to help me mix it up while Mike got Drew down to bed.  We mixed it up and then we were each licking a beater (I know, that's not good for us, but I wanted one, and couldn't really justify not giving Zach one, and besides, that's half the fun of baking!), and this conversation ensued:

Zach- "This is so good, I could just eat the whole cake!" 
Me- "I know, I could, too."  
Zach- "Just me, you, Dad, and Drew!"
Me- "That'd be a lot of cake for just the 4 of us!"
Zach- "Yeah.  We would have to have will power."
Me- "How do you know what will power is?!"
Zach- "Well, it's when you have to not do something you really want to do."

I stood there for a few seconds, dumbfounded that my almost 4 year-old could explain will-power to me, but then I vaguely remembered something about will power in a Frog and Toad story.  I said, "Is that in one of the Frog and Toad stories?"  and Zach confirmed that it is.  Then he explained to Mike how Frog and Toad are eating all the cookies Toad made and they need to have will power.  Then right before bed we read that exact story, and sure enough, the way Zach described will power is exactly the way Frog describes it to Toad.  It's good to know he pays attention when we read!  I've had a sneaking suspicion that maybe the word "depressed" is in one of the Frog and Toad stories (see previous post), but I skimmed through it tonight and couldn't find it, and I asked Zach if it's in there, and he said that it's not, so I'm still not sure where he's heard that word.

Anyway, after he finished licking his beater, we went into the bathroom to get cleaned up.  He looked in the mirror and saw his face and said, "I look so yummy, I could eat myself!"


Goldenzinns said...

Can you cut out some squares and triangles and circles for tires to shape the cake? then fost with red, define lines with black and make the ladder on the side yellow? I make it sound so easy. Have you checked on line to see if Wilton has made a fire engine shaped pan? Can wait to see the finished product and to be there in person too. Love all the stories.

zinncaulfield said...

So, how'd the cake turn out? Too bad I didn't have will power tonight eating my cookies! :)

Sandy said...

What is fost?

Wehrenberg Family Blog said...

Zach, I could eat you up, too!! :) That boy has a great personality. Good Luck with the cake, Zinner!