Cakes are to birthday parties like turkey is to Thanksgiving. It’s unnatural to have one without the other. Eyebrows raise and you become as popular as someone who spanks their child in public if you announce that you are not serving cake at a birthday party. As my daughter’s 1st birthday started creeping closer, I became stuck between a rock and a hard place.
On one hand, I wanted her to have a cake and get the messy cake picture. On the other hand, she hasn’t had any baked sweets, and definitely no icing. I didn’t particularly care to hit her system with that many new things in one meal.
Thankfully, other moms across the internet are plagued with the same dilemma, and this particular blog caught my attention.
It was a cake made from watermelon. Literally…a peeled watermelon with kiwi, strawberries, and cantaloupe adorning it. It was beautiful, would be tasty, but most of all, it was full of “ingredients” she’d already enjoyed. It also took me only about ½ hour from start to finish to assemble, and it made quite a statement as the center piece of her serving table. Smaller cake pops and cupcakes served as secondary desserts for anyone at the party that wanted to get their familiar desserts.
Have you faced cultural pressure to eat a certain way in the past? Where did you find support during those times?