Lauren’s story is so sweet that it was hard to laugh, read on about her best, worst and funniest baking moment all rolled into one!

“Making cakes is a passion of mine. I am not a professional, but I have gotten fairly good at creating elaborate, realistic looking, and very time consuming birthday cakes for my children every year.

So when my son was about to turn 4 years old, we scoured the internet for party ideas, settling on “minions” from a beloved children’s movie. If you are unfamiliar with them, minions are silly, yellow monsters that are really much more funny than scary.

Theme now in hand, I set about researching the best possible way to make a minion cake. I pinned approximately 60 photos on Pinterest to really nail the authentic look of a minion. I made yellow marshmallow fondant from scratch. Dark chocolate cake with whipped Rodelle vanilla buttercream was chosen as the flavor and baked. I painstakingly painted the eye of the minion (mine only had one, so why not make it fantastic?).

The day before the party came, and it was finally time to put all of my hard work together and view the finished masterpiece. I couldn’t believe it! It was the most perfect cake I had ever created…stunning in its realism!

At this point, my son had been at camp while I was assembling all the pieces. So as soon as we got home, I walked him into the kitchen to proudly show off his amazing cake for the first time.

He took one look at that perfect specimen of a minion and started screaming. Tears rolled down his face, as he ran to hide in the next room. I was flabbergasted. There was no time to make a new cake. He was terrified like I have never seen him before.

This was one of those moments that is funny when you look back on it, but at the time was quite disappointing. All ended well, with my boy slowly making friends with the cake over a long drawn out introduction process. Needless to say, we are steering clear of realistic monster cakes next year. That was my proudest baking moment, but also my funniest, and my worst all rolled into one.”

We are certain that your creativity will run in the family, Lauren!