Third Time’s a Charm Lamb Cake

Hi, guys!

Our Saturday started like most Saturdays: CrossFit followed by iced coffee and donuts from Coffee Shack.

But, after that, we headed straight to a local rink to take Quinn to his first “Learn to Skate” class.

Unfortunately, there was a bit of a mix up, so he didn’t get to skate, but we turned around the morning with a fun trip to the playground!

After some fun at the playground, we headed to Trader Joe’s to do our grocery shopping for the week. I actually hired one of our DTFN coaches to make my meal plan, so I can do it with our CNC Spring Nutrition Challenge Group. We start a week from today (April 9th), so if you’re thinking about signing up, there’s still time! FYI: I started my plan a week early, so I can provide some extra content to the group as well as you guys! 🙂

Back at home, we ate lunch and then mixed up the ingredients for our Easter lamb cake. Once the batter was in the mold and ready to go, I popped it in the oven and attempted to get Quinn down for a nap. He laid down in his bed for a little bit, but he ultimately decided he just wasn’t tired. He’s still a rockstar napper, but every once in awhile, he’ll straight up skip them, which is fine. I can tell when he needs a nap versus when he really doesn’t, and he didn’t seem all that tired on Saturday. But, for the record, we both ended up napping on the couch together for about an hour later that afternoon, which, of course, was awesome. Quinn snuggles are the best!!

Anyway, once the kitchen timer went off, I headed over to the oven to remove the lamb cake. I immediately noticed that a ton of the batter had leaked out. I didn’t overfill the mold or anything like that, so I was pretty surprised to see the mess. When Quinn and I were mixing the batter, we ran out of canola oil, so I substituted sunflower oil. Apparently, there’s a reason why people don’t typically bake with sunflower oil! 🙂

Since so much of the batter overflowed from the cake, the backside of the lamb was much smaller than the front and the neck was super fragile. I figured we’d let the cake fully cool and then attempt to frost it. Maybe a thick layer of frosting would give it enough support? Well, we managed to frost the cake and add some shredded coconut, but within minutes of us finishing, the head fell right off! Uggghhhh!

We couldn’t have a headless lamb cake for Easter, so I did my best to reattached it with toothpicks. Sadly, that didn’t work either.

At this point, the poor lamb cake was a total mess (we lost an ear too), so I headed to Stop & Shop to buy all of the ingredients – including more canola oil – to make it again.

The next morning, we made lamb cake #3, which turned out totally fine (it was definitely the sunflower oil that messed things up), but I was still nervous about transporting it in the car all the way to my Grammie’s house.

Thankfully, the lamb cake make it to her house in one piece, and I actually think it turned out the best out of the three we made! 🙂

Questions of the Day

Any funny baking disasters to share? 

How old was your kiddo when he/she stopped napping?

11 Comments

  1. Oh wow! I had no idea there was such a huge difference in baking with sunflower vs. canola oil! Glad you got the lamb cake right in the end 🙂
    When I was in high school I baked a batch of cookies but forgot to add flour….I guess I didn’t realize that there were supposed to be way more cookies haha! Once they were in the oven, everything melted together and made a HUGE mess!

  2. My oldest was 3 and my younger two were both 2.5 when they stopped napping. The final lamb cake came out adorable!

  3. Saw on the amazon site reviews for this cake mold a number of people ended up with headless cakes. Bummer. Cute final result

  4. My son was 2 when he stopped napping or rather when we made him stop napping It was becoming impossible to get him to go to sleep at night so we cut him off.

  5. Cute cake and great idea to have that as a holiday tradition/craft to do with your son. Suggestion for next year: after the cake cools, insert a dowel or straw through the head down into the body. Cut off any extension and frost as usual. That will lend extra support while decorating and transporting.

  6. My oldest was a great napper and took them well into his fourth year! Then in kindergarten they actually had nap time but rarely did the kids ever fall asleep. My other two were great nappers too but I’d say my youngest gave it up soonest maybe around 2.5/3 which worked well because I was always on the move with the older two.

  7. I make these super delicious baileys brownies. I decided to bake some for work, and added a little extra baileys for extra flavor. We went to town on them at work, and a few of my coworkers were like “I think I’m getting buzzed…..how much booze is in these things?” I said “oh, don’t worry- the alcohol bakes off”. Turns out that’s not true. Alcohol cooks off, but it doesn’t get hot enough in your oven to bake off. So I ended up accidentally getting people a little bit drunk on dessert at work, Bc of my heavy pour!

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