My Little Man

Our little man #1 just turned 3.  Time's flown and you'd think things like cakes, icing, candles, etc. would get simpler.   I "bake" cake out of a box.  I love box cakes, esepcially the kind with the little colors dots inside the batter..  mm mm so good.  We had a really last-minute birthday party for Christian & invited some of our neighbors/friends over with their kids so I decided to do cake. It came out like this:


Yeah, haven't you ever hear of "Lightning Cake?"  I was seriously ready to serve the cake like this with icing on the side for "dipping" until my neighbor Melissa came to the rescue.  (I was at that point of 'who cares it tastes good they're toddlers and won't notice?' but all it took was a little push to get me going.)  First things first, Melissa fixed the mojitos we'd attempted with her secret recipe (dont' you love neighbors like that??) and then turned to look at my pathetic cake- "Ok, now we have to do something with that.  You said you wanted a car, right?"  So, enjoying the newly concoted mojitos, we got to work making a car cake & it was so simple of course:

{The car cake}

Christian was so excited when he saw it.  He's so into cars right now.  He said something about Lightning McQueen (a cartoon character-car) and I really didn't catch the rest, but I think that's 3-yr old for "I love it."


(Yeah, I know the icing isn't on the sides... we ran out.. Don't judge ;)

Happy birthday to my sweetie-guy. We love you.

xoxo, Lauren

ps- Just as I was finishing up this post (12 AM) I heard a knocking form his bedroom door & I went to get him.  He was standing there,  "Mommy, I choked up on my bed."  = vomit in bed.  yummy. 

25 comments:

Devon said...

Happy birthday Christian! Lauren, Lightning McQueen is a god here at our house. What is it with little boys and L.M.? Seriously, we need to buy stock in Disney.

Your neighbor is fabulous--mojitos and mad cake skills?

Mothership said...

Oh, my gosh. I love the no icing on the sides. I'm glad that you, like me, can't make the frosting stretch the way it's supposed to--especially because you, unlike me, are talented in every other stinkin' way! (:

Happy 3rd Mama Anniversary. Isn't it the best?

Katie said...

That's darling!! I have a goal of making all my kids' birthday cakes and I'm sure many of them will look eerily similar to your little guy's!

kayce hughes said...

Perfect cake! I love it.

Karena said...

Lauren, how adorable, and what a great friend!

Karena
Art by Karena

Bron @ Baby Space said...

That cake is fantastic! Happy Birthday to your big guy :)

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Happy birthday to your little guy! The cake looked great and besides, the messiest looking cakes taste the best anyway!!!

pve design said...

happy birthday to you little man and his big wheels.
hope he feels better - and has a smooth ride today.
pve

Teresa Meyer aka TheStamfordWife said...

Aww. Happy b-day Christian! Lauren, I adore your tell it like it is posts. They make me smile and make me feel like I'm not alone in this adventure called motherhood.

A Perfect Gray said...

precious! wonderful day.

I am especially excited to learn that another child says 'choke up'. My son used to say, 'I had a little choke up!" and it used to make me laugh!

Love to you!

Donna

Tessa said...

the cake is perfect! Sorry for the midnight visit. Mine arrived at 3:00 AM to annouce he had "spitties". Poor things, I hope Christian and my eldest are on the mend soon!

Maria Killam said...

Love the car cake! Your posts are the best!!

debi said...

My 20-year-old college student still loves and makes Fun Fetti Cakes (pardon the spelling). I have to tell her about no icing on the sides, hey that saves calories. In fact thinking about it, my mom loved them too. Love your great blog.
debi
atticroute66.com

Debby said...

Happy Birthday Christian. I love your hair. I could tell it was a car, hah. Hope his tummy feels better.

JoLeigh said...

Hello! All mamas know that home made cakes taste SO much better than store bought, so kudos to you!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Lauren, loved your feature on SRT today, great to hear you, since I'm a big fan of yours too.

Can you please tell me where you got that lantern y'all were talking about. Linda thought it was from CSN, but I figured I'd ask you since you may be able to tell me exactly where to look for it. Thanks, Rhoda (rhoda12@bellsouth.net)

Building a House and Home said...

Awww...I love his Harley tee. Happy Birthday Christian! I love funfetti cakes too!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Happy birthday to your little man! He just gets cuter and cuter! xoxo

LeahBK said...

Love this cake! My mom made my older brother a truck cake for his second birthday (very into trucks at the time). It was a lovely cake with lots of details to make it special. There was some of that gel-y blue icing on part of the cake, and it turned out all of the 2-year-olds only wanted the blue gel-y stuff. Like, a plate of it. My mom said "never again" and since then, all birthday cakes were delish but a lot more simple :)

hush said...

And congrats to you on 3 years of motherhood! I love that you didn't have some crazy-over-the-top bday party. Those can come later, when he'll actually remember.

I'm also loving longer hair ("surfer hair") like his on little boys. So much cuter than buzzcuts!

LindsB said...

What a cute cake! I'm sure it tasted amazing too- funfetti cake is the best!

Happy birthday Christian!

Hello Lover... said...

What a sweet neighbor you have! The cake looks great - I'm sure that funfetti looked even better in his bed! Im sorry that's never fun, but it will make a good memory of him to remind him of when he's older!

gigi girl said...

Happy Happy Birthday Christian!!!
Lauren, you and your friend did an amazing job! Enjoy all of those precious years with your small children because in a blink of an eye, they will be grown and you stop and wonder, "where did the time go?" There is nothing better in life than a young family. God Bless you all!

simply seleta said...

I LOVED this post!! Everything about it. I also like the impromptu car - so retro in its style! But the icing on the cake was "Mommy, I choked up in my bed." Don't mean to laugh, but it was classic motherhood meets cutie kid. Thanks for keepin' it real around here. xo

Happy Birthday Christian!!!!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Love the cake! Hope you are doing well. xo