A Chocolate Cake for Father’s Day

Baking with a toddler can be a challange. Between the grabbing hands, a constant refain of “I’m gonna do it myself,” and his less than accurate measuring cup to bowl skills, it is a wonder that a cake comes out at all. But bake a cake we did. This was our second cake and our first layer cake. Spencer decided he wanted to make a chocolate cake and had been asking for days so we attempted one for Father’s Day.

We used this recipe for Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake (we had some mayo to use up and figured it was worth a shot) and Martha’s ganache recipe. For the filling, I used up a batch of cherry syrup that turned out too thick.

The cake wasn’t perfect. It was a little dry and the ganache thicken up too quickly to get a good glaze on the sides because of a certain toddler’s refusal to give up the whisk.  It tasted great and looks… fine. But Spencer? He’s ecstatic and had a blast. For days he talked about the cake he was making for father’s day and that is what this cake was all about.

Sometimes cooking with a child is hard when you enjoy cooking and spending time in the kitchen. In order to relax when cooking with Spencer, I need to let go of ideals of perfection, taste or appearance, and remember this is about the experience. If I want to cook for my own pleasure, it might be best to wait until I can do it by myself. He’s such a small little helper, not yet three, that this is about us not the cake.


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6 Responses to “A Chocolate Cake for Father’s Day”

  1. Misty says:

    That cake looks wonderful… and such good advice about “getting over” our need for perfection, etc…


  2. Rebecca says:

    I am the same way when Kadyn wants to help in the kitchen.

    He just wants to throw everything in the general direction of the bowl, mix furiously and leave.

    Drives me insane.

    But he calls me chef, insists we wear aprons and has so much fun – as do I.

    You just can’t say no to that.


  3. Audrey says:

    That boy needs his own apron. :)


  4. Amber says:

    The cake looks fabulous!


  5. Emily Y. says:

    Awww… he was so excited about the cake! And I love the fresh flowers on top… makes it look so professional!


  6. Isobel “helps” me cook at least once a day, so I totally feel you. She usually ends up making her own “dinner/breakfast/lunch” in a garbage bowl with the odds and ends of what I’m making. Mess happens always. ALWAYS!


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