I made the rainbow version of these two unicorn cakes a few weeks ago to celebrate my cutie-pie, little niece’s birthday as well as my own at a family gathering this month.
Little Ellie wanted “sprinkles and sparkles” on her fourth birthday cake, so I thought the current unicorn trend would fit the bill quite nicely.
(And heck, this forty year old will take unicorns whenever she can get them.)
There will henceforth and forevermore be at LEAST a “4” at the beginning of my written age.
But you know what?
Surprisingly, I’m ok with that.
I don’t know what it is, exactly, that causes me to be calm and collected with the fact that I’ve just entered this new realm of oldish age.
I suspect, though, that it has something to do with the fact that I’ve learned something pretty significant about life over these past 39 years that I think will drastically change the way I enter the next forty.
I finally get “love”.
The real version.
It’s finally registered.
And if I had to pick ONE message to relay to my kids throughout all I’ve learned, it would be this…
It doesn’t matter what you have in this life, how much you own, how much respect you may have, what you’ve accomplished or what you aspire to accomplish.
If you don’t really, truly learn to love with all you’ve got, all of that ^^^ is just…rubbish.
And love is more than just a feeling of fond affection.
Love is sacrifice.
It’s doing things for those around you that you don’t always FEEL like doing.
It’s putting them before yourself… doing everything in your power to lift them up high even if it means you stay in the shadows.
It’s about laying down your life.
Being willing to give all you can, even if it means you have less.
And I’m not talking “material possessions” ’cause that stuff doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.
I’m talking HEART.
Bringing them joy. Making them feel noticed, and special and cared about.
Even when you just don’t feel like it.
Even when they aren’t necessarily good at doing that for you.
And not just for the two or three closest people in your life.
There are many more whom we are each meant to love. (You and I both know it.)
Real love is not easy.
Ohmygosh…becoming someone who really knows how to love may be the hardest thing we’ll ever have to learn to do!
(Rip your hair out, throw yourself on the ground and scream at the top of your lungs, kind of hard.)
But it’s the most important thing.
‘Cause without it, all you really have is just… “meh”.
You’ll never perfect it, and you’ll have to try your best to remember that no one else will, either…
but it’s worth TRYING to perfect.
Heck it may be the only thing in life that is.
So get on it! (Still talking to my kids here… 😉 )
Waking up each day, praying that the Lord will give you the brains to remember what really matters down here, and the hutzpah to attempt make it each day’s priority.
That’s what I’m planning on doing for the next forty years…
while making sparkly, sprinkly unicorns each step of the way.
(‘Cause let’s be real, sparkly sprinkly unicorns promote love. They just do.)
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season… and I hope this new year is your very best one yet!
Filled with joy and laughter and love.
Lots of sparkly, sprinkly love. Xx
Aaaand since we’re on the subject of sprinkles… 😉
I used Sprinkle Pop sprinkles for both of these unicorn cakes.
I LOOOOOVE Sprinkle Pop!!
Check out their super fabulous selection of sprinkles, HERE!
Special tip on how to get yellowish buttercream, white:
Add just the TEENSIEST bit of violet gel paste to your yellow-tinged buttercream! You’ll usually need no more than just a touch on the tip of a knife!
Add, mix, and then compare a bit of the original yellowish buttercream (so make sure to save a spoonful before you add color to it) to the new.
Once it’s ALMOST white, DO NOT add more violet. As buttercream sits, its color deepens.
Too much and your buttercream will turn gray, so be careful!
Full, step by step video tutorial of how to make both of these versions of the trendy unicorn cake, (including building a solid, tall cake tier while avoiding “the bulge”, getting sharp edges on buttercream, making buttercream flowers and pine cones, and so much more!)
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