I have a friend at work that makes awesome cakes. She could make and design cakes for a full time gig if she wanted, but she does it on the side and maintains her day job as a scientist. I think her science background is one part of why her cakes turn out so perfect and meticulously detailed. The rest is pure talent. She made Charlie's cake for his first birthday and it was a smashing success, far exceeding my expectations. I simply told her he loved the book "Five Little Monkeys" about the monkeys jumping on the bed, and she came up with this (scroll down for pictures of the cake). Amazing.
When I asked Charlie what he wanted for his birthday this year, all he said was a Lightning McQueen cake. He is currently obsessed with the movie Cars. So, what's a mom to do but outsource the job and ensure that Charlie gets his dream cake. It really takes the pressure off as I don't have to go overboard with decorations or themed this and that. The cake is the pièce de résistance and my work is done!
I feel like a kid myself, so excited for Charlie to see this cake:
I've already warned my friend that I want a cake for Izzy's first birthday. She likes a challenge and so far I haven't disappointed her. I love it - she is like my own personal Cake Boss.