Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Teachers Need Sugar Too
A few weeks ago I got an email from the PTO for my kids’ school. They were planning a lunch for the teachers and staff after school the next day and needed something for dessert. I shot my hand in the air and said, “Ooh, ooh, pick me!”
I taught for eight years, and I really, REALLY appreciate the brave people who teach my kids. I know how much work it takes to try and shove information into those porous little brains. I understand how completely fried you are in the middle of April. And I love being able to do something for them as a way to say, “THANK YOU!”
This is a simple Buttercream cake to serve at least 60 hungry people. The 14 inch bottom layer is chocolate, the 12 inch top layer is strawberry, and the 6 inch apple is chocolate. There is a red basket weave around the bottom, and red sugar sprinkles on the apple with a dimensional stem and leaf. I had a lot of people ask me about the stem, but all I did was take a chunk of stiff frosting, finger form it into the shape I wanted, then drop it into powdered cocoa to make it the right color and texture.
You really have to watch your penmanship and spelling with a cake like this! It’s certain that someone at the party will have a red pen and not be afraid to use it!
The funniest part was that the PTO did not communicate to the teachers who the cake was from. However, my kindergarten aged daughter had proudly informed her teacher that, “Her mommy made a special cake for the teachers to eat.” When her teacher went to the party, saw the cake, and heard people asking who made it, she was able to say, “Ooh, ooh, I know!”