Sometimes we create something to fill a need.
When a fruit tray is needed for Easter brunch, we simply create one to feed all who will be enjoying the meal with us, and move on.
Sometimes we create something a bit more special to bring joy to the recipient.
When someone we know needs cheering up, the paper, crayons and scissors are brought out and the kids go to town, each designing a homemade card, hoping to brighten a friend’s day for just a minute.
And then, sometimes… the thing we set out to create is entirely different.
In fact, it has not much to do with the end product at all, but instead becomes an outlet for us to express the emotions that words are just no longer good enough for.
This cake falls into that last category.
Christine and I have been friends since high school.
Gosh, that girl could make me laugh. Heck, she could and DID make everybody laugh.
And the good kind of laughing… you know, the kind that just brings joy. ‘Cause she’s always just been fun to be around.
Happy, lighthearted, fun.
And today, over 20 years later, she still makes my cheeks hurt from the raucous laughing that inevitably follows each time we see each other.
But Christine hasn’t been lighthearted for some time now.
My friend has been living out one of our greatest nightmares… she’s been watching her child slowly slip away, and nobody knows why it’s happening or how to stop it.
Addy was born beautiful and seemingly healthy.
At first she hit the milestones just like any other “normal” kiddo does.
But then, she stopped.
And she started to regress.
She was walking fine… but then she wasn’t anymore.
And the nightmare began.
The tears hit my keyboard again. ‘Cause what does a mother do with that?
How does my friend wake up each morning and muster up the strength to be the rock for her other two little girls… for her husband… for all who care about her Addy and have so many questions when the doctors tell her that they don’t know what’s going on, what’s happening to her baby girl, or how to stop it…
or how long they have left with her.
But she does it. She keeps doing it day after day, while on the inside she’s breaking down and scared out of her mind.
So, the tears again.
Some things are too hard to imagine.
Friends don’t have the right or perfect words to comfort each other in times like these.
They just fall short.
But I was to make the cake for Addy’s benefit a little while back, and when I asked Christine what she wanted as the theme for her baby girl’s cake, she simply replied, “Sunshine and happiness.”
So I took the heartache and the pain I have for my friend, and the words that will just never be good enough, and poured it all into the hours it took to create something that represents sunshine and happiness for her as best I knew how.
Thomas placed the cake in its spot at the benefit, and I walked in a few minutes later to find Christine standing in front of it, crying.
And then we hugged for a long time.
Sometimes, all you can do is what you know, no matter how trivial and silly it might seem… and hope that it helps you say the things that words can’t.
Addy’s sunshine and happiness cake was never about helping my friend feed the masses at the benefit.
It was and always will be, for me, about so very much more. Xx
The full, step by step video tutorial of this Sunshine & Happiness cake is the newest tutorial included with a membership to Cakeheads.com…
The sun and clouds are also made out of cake.
The bottom two tiers, the clouds and the tips of the sun’s rays (done later) were all airbrushed.
Everything on the cake was made of edible mediums.
The sun’s rays were made of modeling chocolate, the rainbow was made of gumpaste, and the daisies were made of wafer paper.
The board was wiped with shortening and covered in green sanding sugar.
The sun’s orange rays, the rainbow, Addy’s name and the butterflies were coated with disco dust.
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