These past two weeks have gone by in a blur. We lost someone very precious to our family- our dear uncle Bill. We traveled to Kentucky for his wake and funeral.
We couldn’t have a trip to Kentucky without getting our favorite donuts.
The week prior, school was cancelled because the windchill was -40 degrees. That’s the day we found out. In honor of his passing, we baked a cake and Lexy designed it, sculpting his favorite basketball team. Kentucky is a big basketball state with a serious arch rivalry between the
University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. Seeing as though Bill was a UofL fan, we decided to make him a U of L cake in his honor. The process was fun, but tedious. Lexy started out making a whole cardinal – body and all. She even made the white shirt, but she wasn’t pleased with how it was turning out. She immediately changed up her game plan and went for a cardinal head.
We were scared that the cake was going to fall apart. We were in a different kitchen, using different pans, etc. It was strawberry cake which is my all time favorite. I didn’t let it cool completely before trying to remove them, so we ended up switching the layers to make sure it was even.
Here’s the cake before we dirty iced the cake. A term we learned from watching Cake Boss. Buddy has been an inspiration to Lexy for a long time. I’d like to one day visit his shop and let her meet him. One summer a few years back, we spent the summer having Cake Boss marathons. I learned a lot, but she learned the most. I think it was just before that time we learned that she could sculpt like a professional. She picked up some modeling clay and with no formal training, just did it. Amador and I were shocked- amazed.
Our hands are still red…
We had a great time in Kentucky visiting family. I was able to see friends and family that I had not seen in years. That was a blessing, though I wished I was there on a happier occasion. We celebrated the life of a great man, had some family fun in the process and baked a cake in his honor. We will miss him dearly. I’m sure Bill was smiling at us.