Lo’s Kitchen: “Fun” Cake for a Birthday Bake.

July 12, 2012

Funfetti fun-ness with dulce de leche for extra sass.

The kids were skeptical when I unveiled the “Fun” Cake recipe, whose name derives directly from my inability to translate “funfetti” into Paraguayan Spanish. I reassured them that anything in honor of a birthday and containing entire packets of sprinkles was definitely something they would enjoy. Suspiciously, they mixed and poured and buttered and refused to comprehend that half of 1/2 is 1/4 (I give up trying to teach fractions…).

Tara turned ten on Tuesday (woot, alliteration). While many children in the United States usher in a decade of existence with multitudes of electronic gadgets, a scoop of sprinkles, wilted cupcake liners, and a squashed teddy bear with obnoxious pink hearts on its fur are the stuff birthday dreams are made of here.

With seven other siblings at home and pennies feeling the pinch, I am not sure how birthdays are celebrated in this family, if at all. But at the very least, this sweet girl, who dubbed herself “Princess of Princesses” for the day, had an afternoon of sparkly candles and a crown made of a bulletin board border, ringing in year ten with giggles, sugary delights, and yes, lots of fun.

And an off-key serenade:

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