Dr. Janet asked me what sort of crafty stuff I like to do in my spare time. My first answer is, what spare time? And my second answer is, I find some spare time, and do stuff with my hands.
I like doing stuff with my hands. My mother always thought I would be a surgeon for that reason. But as it turns out, I like doing things with my hands that don’t involve a lot of bleeding and potential dying and stuff.
There are two main types of docs, and if you watch Scrubs you will know exactly what I’m talking about. There are the medicine types- the JDs; and the surgical types- the Turks. The medicine types like to talk, and think, and meticulously debate and consider options A through K. The surgeons just go and figure it out.
Alas, I am a J.D. Deep in surgery, if something starts geysering I would ideally stop, peek around, adjust the lights, maybe consult a colleague when what I need to do is just shove my hand in, make an executive decision, and trust it was the right one. Too much pressure.
So how does one get the visceral pleasure of cutting something up and creating a masterpiece without the blood and guts and death part?
You make cake, of course.
I can go into a 5 hour cake surgery without having to muck about with any anesthesia at all. It’s amazing. If I cut something off by accident, stick some frosting on it and shove it back on. No one will know.
You can click on the Flickr link to see a few other more mundane examples, but you don’t need to, really. This is the only one you need to see:
This is the cake equivalent of separating conjoined twins, or maybe a heart-lung transplant. It was long. It was grueling. It was messy. But man, was it cool.
PRIZE ALERT: Treat bag from Biscuits by Lambchop for the first person to get the title reference of this post.
It’s Eddie Izzard, of course!
I love the chameleon cake! Too precious!
Dr. V says
Nice. 🙂 Love Eddie! E-mail me your info and I will get one off to ya.
Okay, that cake is just AWESOME!!!!
Dr. V says
Thank you! I’m pretty enamored of it myself! 😉 NEVER again though.
who was the one to cut that cake… would not have been me…
Lisa Edwards says
I love your cakes!
Those cakes are great! (And I love Eddie — nice work on the title, too…)
The cakes are amazing! When do you find time to make those?
Yay a cake post!! You have so many talents!
Very nice, Dr V! Cake is one of my favorite things to eat (with ice cream, of course). I once worked in a bakery. They didn’t trust me to frost the cakes, but sometimes I had to put the “Happy Birthday Bobby” writing on them. Torture! Did not like that. Much rather eat cake.
Then there was the time my son wanted a warm, gooey cake brought to school like his classmate had. Hmmm. OK. How hard could that be? So I made the cake, let it cool a little, then did the frosting. BAD idea. Chocolate cake – white frosting. Ugliest cake ever. The kids thought it was funny though, and ate every crumb.
@Megumi is right! My God, woman – is there anything you’re NOT good at?! Awesome vet – check. SuperMom – got it. Incredible writer/blogger – check. Freaking incredible cake-maker – yep, good there, too. You are truly a Renaissance woman! Ps. – I assume the seashells are edible… ?
I bow at the altar of your cake mastery.