and again i say cake.

Funfetti cake mix, whipping cream and vanilla yogurt. What could go wrong here?

Nothing, that's the thing.  There is no way that this can fail, that's the beauty of it.

The only problem you could run in to is not being able to find these itty bitty precious animal crackers and let me tell you it would be a problem.

I found them at my local Amish-made food store.  The regular size will work, but really it's not the same. They're so cute I just want to eat them up.

Why do we say that about adorable things? "I just want to eat it up!" Whoever came up with that? I think of that phrase when I see cute children.  Probably not what you want to hear as a 4 year old.

back to the Cake Batter Dip:

1/2  Funfetti Cake Mix
tub of whipping cream, the regular size
vanilla yogurt- I used Yoplait


animal crackers- the tiny ones- they're just dolls.

take the cake.

My first cake.

cake: |kāk|noun an item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated.

Such a sweet definition, but it felt more like a mess of chocolate batter out to get me.

It could have been my own fault..  The fact that my first cake would soon be my mother-in-law's birthday cake- so much pressure.  And the fact that I had to make a grandeur statement.

She wouldn't have cared if it was a plain chocolate cake in a 9x13 pan, but no way.  This was my time to shine.

This cake would be 4 stories tall with homemade cream cheese frosting.  Not the generic cream cheese- the Philadelphia kind.  The kind of brotherly love. And of course the precious bunting on the top- made from teeny flags cut out of vintage encyclopedias and gold sprinkles to top the cake.

It basically fell apart as I was cutting it, but I have these pictures to prove that it stayed together and didn't crumble for the length of time it took to turn on my camera, take a picture and set the camera back down.  Thanks to my dear friend, Lori for all the emotional support along the way.  You need a good friend like that on every "first" baking experience.

After all if you're going to do it, do it right.

xo, lc