Tomorrow, Nick turns 37 and his special request was a cake he remembers dreaming about as a young boy... the Swimming Pool Cake from the Women's Weekly Birthday Cake Book. I did a quick search and found a photo and the recipe at Ruby-Jo.
I was happy to oblige ~ Elly and I had lots of fun making it today. We are stretching the celebrations out over two days so he had his cake tonight (he couldn't resist) and we'll go out for a fun Teppanyaki dinner tomorrow night.
It was so easy to put together... paper umbrellas, green jelly (jello), chocolate sticks, licorice ladder, jelly snakes for rubber rings and little plastic babies. I painted their bathers on with red nail polish!
There was, of course, a glittery party hat for the birthday boy;
(Apparently his boss is always telling him he has glitter on his face at work. He has to do a quick 'glitter check' before every meeting!)
In the time it took me to get a knife and bowls to serve the cake, the girls had made sure every baby had dived into the jelly and had a 'swim';
This was definitely a fun cake to make and one I would love to make again (And that's not something I usually say, after making a cake!).
A Mum from Preschool gave me a great tip... white buttercream frosting under the jelly, so the 'water' doesn't look murky. And it was so yummy... I never realised jelly and and cake is such a good combination!
Happy Birthday, Nick!