Let Them Eat Cake

by Marinka on May 15, 2011

Last week, my kids’ school had Cake Day.

Everyone could participate and bake a cake at home and bring it to school to be admired and either donated or eaten afterwards.

Personally, I’m more of a cake eater than a cake baker. For some reason that life skill isn’t valued as much.

Unfortunately, Young Ladrinka had his heart set on making an Angry Birds cake.

“Fine,” I gave up. “But you have to find the recipe.”

He was on it. A few minutes later, he printed this out:

“This is not a recipe,” I told him. “A recipe tells you what the ingredients are.”

“Any idiot can see what goes into it,” he explained. “We need cake, and red, yellow and white colors.”

He had a strong point.

We made a box-mix cake and then added red food dye to the vanilla frosting. The box said to add 25 drops to transform vanilla frosting to red, but at drop 45 we were still at Horrifying OMG-MY CAKE IS RUINED pink, so we dumped the whole red dye container in, along with some of our blood, mixed with tears. Good thing that red dye is so healthy!

But the results were spectacular.

Behold:

Angry (and Possibly Constipated) Bird

I know what you’re thinking: Young Ladrinka and I should start taking cake orders.

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Alison@Mama Wants This
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May 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

That is mighty impressive. I like!

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Slow Panic
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May 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

That is a great cake!

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Cammie May 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

I would be proud to show it off! Good work.

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Carla (chickmae) May 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

That is so awesome! I have to make that for my son’s birthday! He’ll love it!

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Penbleth
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May 15, 2011 at 11:24 am

That is indeed one angry cake.

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Kirsten May 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

I am so impressed Marinka. Next stop, Food Network Cake Challenge.

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Tiffany
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May 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

That’s awesome!!

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jacqui
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May 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I understand what you mean about being a cake eater and not so much a cake baker. But you did an awesome job!

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ChiTown Girl May 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Wow, what a great job!!

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Mwa (Lost in Translation) May 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Ha! I think I have finally found my match when it comes to cakebaking. Maybe we should go on the Ultimate Cake-Off together and show those good-for-nothings how it’s done.

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Miss Britt
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May 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Martha better watch her back!

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MommyTime
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May 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Looks excellently angry!

In case you ever have another Red Cake Emergency, you need the paste type of food coloring. Wilton makes it. You can buy it in places like those giant craft supply stores or Target with all the other cake decorating supplies. It produces a dark fire-engine red with use of only about 1/4 tsp and has the advantage of not imparting a bitter taste to the icing (which normal red coloring will tend to do). I learned this when I had a soon-to-be-4-yr-old obsessed with fire trucks.

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Diane @QuirkOut.com May 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Angry batter = angry bird. Tweet Tweet.

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Krystal May 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Now that is what I call a cake – I honestly couldn’t compete – I don’t cook, I stick to washing dishes

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Josefina May 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I love it.

As a cake maker, I deeply appreciate cake eaters. I have taken cakes to where there were no eaters, and that always sucks. Since the last time it happened, I’ve been thinking of just going all eater, all the time. I’d eat that bird cake for sure.

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Suniverse
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May 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I hope that cake sold for the highest amount because that is fantastic.

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Peajaye
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May 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

That IS an awesome cake. The pigs are sure to eat that rather than the angry birds’ eggs.

And lucky for you that Rovio – and not Disney – owns own the franchise, or you and Young Ladrinka might be in prison now for copyright violation.

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Yuliya
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May 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

You know what this makes you don’t you? A MOMMY BLOGGER! Bwahahahaha!

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anna ~ random handprints May 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

ladrinka and i think alike, i totally think cake is a stand-alone ingredient, too.

also, every school should have cake day. or even cake week.

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the mama bird diaries
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May 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

It’s really pretty crazy fantastic.

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A Mommy in the City
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May 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Great job! Looks amazing and yummy!

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always home and uncool
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May 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

See what all those TLC cake shows have brought us to? Effin’ basic cable.

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Holly May 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Honestly, that is pretty good. Swear.

I tried making my son’s 2nd birthday cake. It was suppose to be a train. It looked like a penis. Happy birthday kid.

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tracy
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May 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Aw, you are such a great mom. I bet your cake was a huge hit.

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Loukia May 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Great, you’re a fabulous baker, TOO? Do you suck at ANYTHING, Marinkia? 😉

Seriously, great cake! Did you ever see the picture of my Easter cupcakes that were supposed to be cute little chicks but turned out looking like very angry yellow angry birds?

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Deb May 16, 2011 at 1:12 am

That is a riot! 🙂

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Sophie@Fabrications May 16, 2011 at 1:49 am

Hey, it looks better than some of the cakes over at cakewrecks.com!

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From Belgium May 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

I demand a full DIY tutorial!

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Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up)
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May 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Boy, does that bird ever look Angry or what?

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Becky Rice
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May 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

AWESOME! You definitely should start taking orders.

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RidgewoodMom May 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

Love the cake! He does look slightly constipated, but being that angry all the time can’t be good for the digestive system.
I made a red velvet cake, and the comments on the recipe said from the beginning that they need to double the coloring to get close to being red. I one up’ed the comments, and I got a super food coloring. I purchased it at Broadway Panhandlers but it’s also available on Amazon: Ateco food coloring. The color is more concentrated than the regular McCormick stuff. Red Velvet cake came out very red!!

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Kati
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May 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

One look at that cake and I instantly have an urge to fling it at the nearest green pig.

Yes, that’s a compliment.

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dusty earth mother May 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

Wow! You have all these hidden talents. What’s next, you’re a closet bedazzler?

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Megan May 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

Do you read cakewrecks.com? Because if you did, you’d realize that you are more than qualified to work in a professional (grocery store) bakery. 😀

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annie May 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

LOVE it! If this blog thing doesn’t work out, you can totally go into custom orders!

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Kara May 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

The things we do for our kids! I love the cake and I bet it was a huge hit with the other kids.

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Ilana
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May 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Wow. I am impressed. I don’t know if I would have been able to eat it after all that hard work.

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Joie May 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm

This is where I make fun of your constipated red “bird”…(snort snort!)

HOWEVER – DAMN GIRL! You guys did awesome! I chuckled at it, but it seriously looks awesome! I would have bought that in a heartbeat!!

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Erica May 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I see someone else has already told you about the Wilton paste colors, but I have an addendum. They have several reds. Only one is ‘no-taste’ and is labeled as such. If you have to color just a little bit of icing, it doesn’t matter as much. For an angry bird, you would def. notice the bitterness if you didn’t get the no-taste kind.

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