Friday, June 20, 2014

The ordinary cake

It's in the ordinary that our lives pass us by. I love ordinary. Because in the ordinary is when the good stuff happens.

The unplanned, non strategic plan of family life.

Like me announcing at dinner that I really wished we had cake for dessert. I had been so busy at work that I only had time to consume a Chiko Roll, and as fantastic as that Chiko was, man was I still pretty hungry.

Miss 8 jumped up and said "I can make a cake".

No you can't I thought.

You won't be able to do it without my help.

But she did.

There was one egg that rolled a bit too fast and ended up smashed on the floor but the rest made it into the bowl.

There was me getting it out of the oven at the very end when she could smell it was ready.

She waited til it cooled, whacked it out on to the wire rack and then sliced it up.

Choc chips had been added to the recipe and they were warm and melty when we ate it.

The cake didn't stick to the bottom of the pan, it didn't sink in the middle, it didn't burn on the edges. It was exactly as it was meant to be.

It was an ordinary vanilla packet cake mix and in all the ordinary, we had perfection.

What are your kids up to this week?


  1. I love moments like these..

  2. What a fabulous mumma you are for letting her do this, her confidence levels would have just grown so much! And cake for dessert, always a winner x

  3. This is such a sweet story :) I love that you let her do it by herself and didn't stress about the egg breaking. No doubt it in the not too distant future, she will have become a very confident and capable cook because of your patience. It's like what they say, isn't it: 'In simplicity, there is greatness'.

  4. We've started doing "Friday Night Bakes" at my place. Goodness knows we should probably do it on a Sunday night so I could make life easier when it comes to lunch boxes, but it's been great. Slowly letting go to let them take the reigns and do it "their way".

  5. Wow! You've just given me hope. We're still a long way from being able to crack an egg without carnage. I bet it was the best tasting cake ever. Let them eat cake x

  6. Sounds perfect. I can't wait until my boys are big enough to do this.

    On another topic - I have never tried a Chiko roll before :/

    1. It is possible this is a good thing Lauren, but I highly suggest you consume a bogan roll at least once during your lifetime.

  7. My daughter loves having little responsibilities like this to do, I'm sure your daughter must have loved it x

  8. That sounds devine. My little lady just turned 6!

  9. I love this story! I'm a sweet tooth and love baking but even better if one of my girls do it for me!


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