What Pinterest pressure does to parties

LEGO cake Betty CrockerI think we can all agree that Pinterest exists for three main reasons: to spread eye-achingly adorable kitten memes, to give women a place to store all their shirtless Ryan Gosling photos, and to pressure people into attempting a lot of impossibly perfect crafting/cooking/exercising/party projects.

So it’s no surprise that, under the influence of Pinterest, Kelley from Kelley’s Break Room put the hilarious antics usually found on her blog on hold long enough to throw a birthday party for her son. But not just any birthday party – a Pinterest Perfect party! And what’s perfect for a little boy who loves LEGOs? Why, a LEGO cake of course, like this one from Betty Crocker.

Simple enough – just bake  a sheet cake, add the little nubbins (technical term) on top to make it look like a LEGO brick, and cover it with icing. Done! The Betty Crocker recipe suggests using large marshmallows on top, but Kelley followed a recipe that called for Reese’s cups instead – good call, Kelley! I love any baking variation that requires more chocolate. Mmm, this is gonna be so good…

Lego cake failHow authentic – she actually managed to make it look like it was made out of real plastic! I bet that is exactly what a LEGO brick would look like if you baked it at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Actually, I like the assessment Susan from Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva made, which was that it looks like “burgers on a tray with a ton of cheese.” Spot. On.

So what went wrong? The going theory was that she put the icing on before the cake cooled, but Kelley insists that wasn’t the case.

I swear I didn’t. I know better than that. It had been left to cool for 2-3 hours. The problem was that I sliced off the edges to make a more realistic LEGO shape. That made the sides more crumbly. I gave up once I reached the top! I’m thinking maybe freezing it or refrigerating it prior to frosting would have helped.

But Kelley wasn’t about to let one little disaster ruin this Pinterest Perfect party – she was pretty sure another layer of icing would do the trick…

lego cake…but getting a cake from the bakery is even better. Besides, there was no time for baking a new cake or re-icing the old one. Everyone knows that a Pinterest Perfect party needs fun decorations and activities, and Kelley had the perfect way to combine decor with fun – a pinata!

pinataSo, why would a pinata keep her from baking a new cake? Take a close look at the bakery cake – how old is her son? Nine. And what number is the pinata?


Since she didn’t want to  celebrate with a, “Happy upside-down-ninth birthday, son!” she had to make another trip to the party store for a new pinata – hopefully the bakery was on the way.

Thank you, Pinterest – another mom’s sanity destroyed with your tempting, wonderful, evil ideas.

Lego cake nailed itlFor more funny find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she eats all the Reese’s cups that come anywhere near her house before she’s tempted to make something out of them.

6 Responses to What Pinterest pressure does to parties

  1. StephanieF says:

    This is a situation that calls for a crumb coat! Take a little of the icing and spread it all over the cake, which will get crumbs all in it. Then put the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to set that first layer, then frost it.

  2. robyn says:

    @StephanieF, you might have just saved my children from a future full of icing-less birthdays. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Anne says:

    Why couldn’t she flip the pinata over, bore some holes in the new top and thread whatever string she was going to use through the holes? Unless there’s a detail missing as to why that pinata couldn’t be flipped over (like the top of the six being the cutout place where the thing was filled with candy and it was really loose), I don’t see why there was such a problem with it.

  4. robyn says:

    @Anne, there were some structural complications with just flipping it over, and Kelley said the party store was only 3 minutes away so exchanging it just made more sense.

  5. Jhanis says:

    This looks funny now but I can imagine how it was on the day itself. LOL

  6. Anna says:

    Never has purchasing a Lego Cake and returning a piñata seem like the sensible ways to deal with an unexpected turn of events! Happy 9th Birthday!

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