Hayley Helps To Bake Her Own Birthday Cake

Hayley is turning ten Tuesday. She loves to bake. My buddy Suzanne is a professional baker. Their personalities are similar. You see what’s happening here, don’t you? I had asked Suzanne to bake Hayley a cake for her birthday. Not only did she accept, she invited Hayley over to help her bake it. How perfect is that?!

When I told Hayley Friday evening, she was SO excited. So was I. I knew they’d get along swell.

I dropped Hayley off at Suzanne’s yesterday just before 13:00, and went to Bard to do some blogging and work. At around 16:00 I returned, but they weren’t anywhere near done. They were, however, having a great time. I tried to stay out of their way, and only snap a few pictures. Luckily, Kate had been there the whole time and did an excellent job documenting the event for me and the world.

Thank you, Suzanne. xoxoxo Happy Birthday, Hayley. :)

Hayley and Suzanne baking in the kitchen
Hayley and Suzanne baking in the kitchen

Photo: Kate Byrne| Measurements are in weights, not volumes
Photo: Kate Byrne | Measurements are in weights, not volumes

Photo: Kate Byrne | Hayley sifts
Photo: Kate Byrne | Hayley sifts

Hayley uses Suzanne’s little snot dude to separate the egg whites from the yolks. Gross!

Suzanne prepared for Hayley a little nest in an upstairs closet
Suzanne prepared for Hayley a little nest in an upstairs closet
Hayley applies the base frosting layer
Hayley applies the base frosting layer
Applying little decorative flowers
Applying little decorative flowers
Suzanne applies lettering
Suzanne applies lettering
Hayley measures precisely to get the strawberries perfectly positioned on the cake's sides
Hayley measures precisely to get the strawberries perfectly positioned on the cake’s sides
More accoutrements
More accoutrements
Hayley applies little heart balloons to her cake
Hayley applies little heart balloons to her cake
After Suzanne dropped some frosting, Hayley couldn't help laughing
After Suzanne dropped some frosting, Hayley couldn’t help laughing
Suzanne and Hayley are baking buddies
Suzanne and Hayley are baking buddies
What's the point, if nobody takes a picture?
What’s the point, if nobody takes a picture?
Photo: Kate Byrne | Kate snaps one of me
Photo: Kate Byrne | Kate sneaks one of me. Grrr…
Hayley makes cute little reflections
Hayley makes cute little reflections
Hayley started the afternoon a bit shy, but ended with a great new buddy
Hayley started the afternoon a bit shy, but ended with a great new buddy

The Celebration

Tonight we ate the cake, which was extraordinarily delicious in every way. So dense and moist and rich and fruity. Pure bliss.

Hayley, of course, got the first slice of the cake she made with Suzanne
Hayley, of course, got the first slice of the cake she made with Suzanne
Hayley stalls to let me take a picture
Hayley stalls to let me take a picture
The cake Hayley made with Suzanne was SO delicious.
The cake Hayley made with Suzanne was SO delicious.

Suzanne and Kate told me to get Hayley a scooper and cake decorating lazy susan. I found a scoop, and will have to get the lazy susan later. I’ve never seen anybody so excited about a kitchen tool. It’s good to have hobbies about which you can be passionate, I always say. I’m glad Hayley loves cake baking, because I love to eat them.

Hayley was so excited to get her own scooper
Hayley was so excited to get her own scooper
Now Hayley can scoop everything
Now Hayley can scoop everything

3 Comment

  1. I LOVE this! I’m so glad Hayley did this with Suzanne. How fun!

  2. This is absolutely the sweetest thing I have EVER seen! EVER! Not sure who I want to be……Suzanne….Hayley…Kate, documenting the whole thing or you! To have such an amazing child and such great friends!

    1. Awwww. Yes, I kinda do have it all, don’t I? #thatstheplan

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