LILLY “MAKES” A CAKE
Lilly was very happy as she went to bed on the night of her 8th birthday.
That afternoon she had a skating party with all of her friends.
Tonight the whole family had come to dinner and there was a cake with pink icing.
Lilly couldn’t wait to tell her favorite doll Molly, who always slept with her, all about it.
But, to Lilly, Molly seemed sad as she started to tell about her day.
Suddenly, Lilly thought she knew why!
Molly had never had a birthday party. She had never even had a cake!
When Mommy came in to say “Goodnight” Lilly asked her when Molly’s birthday was.
”Molly was a gift on your 5th birthday, so I guess she has the same birthday as you do,” Mommy answered.
“No.” said Lilly firmly. ”My birthday was today and it’s over. Molly deserves her own day!”
Mommy thought for a moment; “I know!” she told Lilly; “Your birthday that year was a weekday, so we had your family party the next weekend. We can say that Molly’s birthday is the week after yours.”
“So that can be next Saturday and she can have a cake?” asked Lilly[
**]Mommy smiled. “I guess this family can handle two cakes in one week.” she said. “Now go to sleep.”
If Mommy thought that Lilly would forget about Molly’s birthday during the week, she was very wrong.
First thing Saturday morning Lilly asked about the cake.
Mommy got a box of spice cake mix from the pantry. “You like this, and so will Molly,” she said,” but I can’t help you until later because I have a deadline at work.”
“That’s O.K. I wanted to make Molly’s cake by myself anyway,” replied Lily.
“Oh no,” said Mommy. “You’re not going to be alone in the kitchen. I’m going to have Bri help you, and I’m going to set everything up for you first.”
Lilly didn’t complain because Brianna, her 13 year old sister, was always busy talking to or texting her friends.
Lilly knew Bri wouldn’t interfere much, but would be blamed if anything went wrong and would be responsible for most of the clean-up.
Mommy read the baking directions with the two girls, got out the pans, and the beaters, measured all the ingredients into little cups and turned on the oven.
She made sure there were plenty of oven mitts and the girls knew how to use them before she left for work.
Everything went really well. Bri let Lilly mix all the ingredients with a spoon, and braced her on the step stool so she was tall enough to beat the batter.
Then she helped Lilly pour the batter into the pans, and put them in the hot oven.
Bri set the timer, and left Lilly to count down the baking time. When the cake was done, she came back to take the pans from the oven and put them on racks to cool.
Again Lilly was left to count the minutes until the cake layers cooled.
They looked perfect and smelled wonderful.
Mommy had promised to be back in time to frost them and Lilly could hardly wait to show her how perfect they were.
When the cooling time was up, Bri came back to the kitchen to take the cake layers from their pans.
She ran a spatula around the rims and carefully turned a layer upside down on a plate. NOHING HAPPENED!
She tried the same thing with the other layer and it was worse; a couple of big chunks fell out on the plate.
Lilly began to cry, and Bri, pretty upset herself, called Mommy who told both girls to leave everything just as it was and not to worry.
She was on her way home, knew what went wrong and had a solution in mind.
When Mommy arrived, she had a grocery bag with her.
She pulled out a large container of coffee ice cream, and a bottle of butterscotch sauce.
Looking at the cake layers, and picking up a can of shortening from the counter, Mommy asked,” Did I forget to tell you girls to grease the pans first?”
That was why the cake layers stuck to the pans.
Hugging a tearful Lilly and a worried Bri, she assured them no one was to blame and promised Lilly that Molly’s cake would be even better than planned.
Mommy thanked Bri and told her she and Lilly would finish the cake.
Then Mommy got out a large, fluted dessert mold.
She rinsed it but didn’t dry it because she explained the moisture would help release the contents.
She told Lilly a mixing bowl or tube pan would work as well, but this was fancier for a birthday cake.
Carefully, using a metal spatula, they removed the cake from the pans in large chunks, which they piled on a plate.
By now the ice cream, which had been sitting on the counter, was soft and Mommy stirred it with a spoon.
Then she spread a thin layer of the ice cream in the mold and showed Lilly how to fill the mold by gently placing the cake chunks and spooning the ice cream around them to fill it up.
When all the cake pieces and ice cream had been used and the mold was filled, Mommy put it in the freezer and giving Lilly an extra hug, said, “Remember Lilly that rarely in life is anything so bad that it can’t be fixed with real thought and a little work.”
She told Lilly to relax and go out and play until dinner.
Lilly trusted Mommy, and knew whatever she served would be good. Yet she was worried that the family would laugh at Molly’s birthday cake, especially her brother Brian who was 10.
Brian thought Molly was “a baby thing.”
For this reason, Lilly and Mommy had decided that Molly would only come to the table for her cake, not for the rest of the meal.
Still, late that afternoon, Lilly dressed Molly in her best outfit because Lilly had seen the cake and could hardly wait.
Just before dinner Mommy and Lilly unmolded Molly’s cake. Lilly thought it was WONDERFUL!! It had fluted sides and what looked like carved fruits on top and an interesting appearance, kind of like marble.
The cake sat in the freezer waiting until its big moment.
Once Molly was in her chair at the table, Mommy took Lilly into the kitchen.
“Here Lilly,” Mommy said, “I got this big number 3 candle for the cake because that’s Molly’s age.
Now you stick it on top and I’ll light it.”
Mommy asked Bri to help Lilly carry Molly’s cake to the table, while they all sang Happy Birthday to Molly. Then Mommy brought in bowls of butterscotch sauce and whipped cream to go on the cake.
Everyone, especially Daddy, raved about the cake and complimented Lilly on making, not baking, it. Lilly though that was funny!
Daddy said, “This is so good, it should be a regular family dessert for special occasions.”
“But next time we’ll remember to grease the pans.” said Bri. Lilly giggled and quickly agreed. “That would make getting the cake out easier,” she said.
The best thing was when Brian, who had a summer birthday asked if he could have that type of cake in his choice of flavors on his special day.
Of course this led to a big discussion of ice cream and cake combinations. Everyone had an opinion.
That night when Lilly was getting ready for bed, she said to Molly: “I thought the cake was ruined but Mommy made it even better. Always ask for help, Molly, when you don’t know what to do.” Lilly definitely saw, a smile on Molly’s face!!
Can you name all of the cake and ice cream combinations you and your friends would like? Here are a few:
For spice cake ice cream could be
Peanut butter ripple
For chocolate cake ice cream could be
THE DIRECTIONS FOR THIS CAKE ARE:
(1) 2 1/2 quart freezer proof mold or large round, deep mixing bowl
2 Layer pans, 1 tube pan or 1 sheet cake pan to bake the cake
1 box of cake mix, cooked according to directions, cooled and removed from the pan(s)
½ gal—Or 1.5 qt. container ice cream.
Bake the cake according to box directions, remove from pans and allow to cool, then break or cut into very large chunks.
Soften ice cream to consistency of whipped topping.
Rinse bowl or mold with water and shake out excess but do not dry. The film of water freezes and forms a protective coating on the container that makes it easier to unmold the finished dessert.
Smear a dollop of softened ice cream over the bottom of the mold. If it has a decorative top be sure to fill it all in. Then smear a thin film of Ice cream over the insides of the mold and chill until set. Begin to fit chunks of the cake into the mold in layers, separating the layers of cake and the pieces of cake in the layers from each other and the sides of the mold with enough ice cream so that they don’t stick together or become exposed when the dessert is unmolded.
Also, have a thick enough layer of ice cream on the bottom of the mold to form a firm base when plated for serving.
Freeze the mold for several hours or overnight.
Remove from freezer and dip the mold in a larger bowl, or pan, of hot water, for the count of ten (10). Cover the bottom with a serving plate and invert to unmold.
Serve at once or store in the freezer until needed.
Pass any appropriate toppings: whipped cream, wet nuts, sauce, fruit etc. on the side.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOY WIELLAND always loved cooking, so in 1999, frustrated by an “empty nest” she trained and opened Suddenly Supper, a personal chef service. Since then she has expanded her activities to include writing cookbooks and a blog kitchen $centse at dinnerwithjoy.com
Making Molly’s Cake is the first book in the series LILLY LOVES TO COOK, based on actual experiences.
"Making" Molly's Cake is Book 1 in the series Lilly Likes to Cook, based on the author's personal experiences working with children in the kitchen. It is the story of Lilly,, an 8 year old girl, who learns that cooking is more than just making something to eat. Her journey starts with a cake disaster which, to her delight, she watches in fascination being turned into a triumph. She decides then that she wants to learn to cook. Along the way she discovers that cooking can be fun, creative, thought provoking,and very rewarding, especially when it provides a way to help people, make new friends, or strengthen relationships.. She also finds that her new interest teaches lessons about life that hold true away from the kitchen. All the books in the series contain recipes that are easy to make, require minimal kitchen skills, are child friendly and adult pleasing.