April 30, 2011
Argy recently turned 6 and, as is our custom, placed a request for a special birthday cake. I held my breath. The Octonauts, he declared.
Whew. The Octonauts - a crew of storybook (and now animated) animals who roam the ocean and have adventures - are pretty cute. They would be fun to do.
But then Argy added the qualifier: the Octopod please, mum.
If you are unfamiliar with the Octonauts, may I present the four-armed, glass-domed under-water vehicle they call the Octopod.
Source: The Octonauts
Dear reader, is this a shape that really says cake to you?
After negotiations about the design (where its rumoured I resorted to half-truths about not having the right food colouring to make the Octopod) we decided upon some of the Octonaut characters and an underwater scene.
So we fashioned Captain Barnacles, Kwasi Cat and Peso Penguin (top photo) along with ...
... seaweed and coral ...
... and wee fish, stars and a 6 ...
... and came up with this instead.
Its not quite the Octopod, but Argy was very happy with it.
NB. If you're the gambling type, I'm opening the books and taking bets on possible 7th birthday cake requests: a watch mechanism; the planetary system; a Harrier jump jet; and Brighton Pavilion.