Making Ursula's birthday cake is always an exercise in balance. I learned my lesson big time last year when she asked for a rainbow cake and I decided to take the opportunity of her turning six, combined with the fact that the rainbow has six colors, to make her a six-layer chocolate cake frosted with a different color of the rainbow from the bottom up; red. . . orange . . . yellow. . . you get the idea. I almost didn't see life on the other side of that cake and swore I'd take it easier this year.
So when a few weeks ago she said, "Mom, all I want is a carrot cake. . ." I was thrilled. Simple, straightforward, a crowd pleaser. And then she added, "With raspberry frosting." The record scratched. "And also, not as sweet as last year, ok?"