Birthday Cake: A Zen Koan, By Wonderbaby

November 16, 2007

What is a birthday cake, when garnished with maraschino and laced with fruit? Dissatisfaction with frosting.

(Var.: If you have fruit-laced birthday cake, Wonderbaby will give you some; if you have no fruit-laced birthday cake, she will take it away from you.)

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    Linda November 16, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Sweet series!

    flutter November 16, 2007 at 12:48 am

    she’s so cute, she just looks so consternated

    Lady M November 16, 2007 at 12:50 am

    Mmm, mmm, good.

    Around here, pastries are welcomed with a shrieking “cakie, cakie, cake!”

    nomotherearth November 16, 2007 at 6:57 am

    Love the one where she’s leaning back on the chair..

    The Boy has asked for cake for Christmas – nothing else.

    Jezer November 16, 2007 at 7:17 am

    Gosh, she’s pretty.

    something blue November 16, 2007 at 8:07 am

    That furrow slays me.

    motherbumper November 16, 2007 at 9:59 am

    dude… sneakin’ fruit in the bday cake? Even if it does taste like heaven I can hear the “Oh mommy, it must be lard-laden frosting or else!”.

    If you could hear Bumper right now, she is going crazy looking at these pics.

    Kyla November 16, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Fruit in cake? How could you? LOL.

    KayTar makes those same faces in dealing with cake…plus the obligatory gagging face. LOL. But that is more sensory disgust than fruit-induced disgust.

    Janet November 16, 2007 at 11:02 am

    At first I thought flutter said, “Constipated” which I felt was inaccurate.

    Consternated. Yes. That makes more sense.

    Love the pictures.

    Karen November 16, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Dear Wonderbaby,
    I am so sorry about all that fruit on your yummy icing. How discouraging for you. I hope you recover soon.

    Avalon November 16, 2007 at 11:48 am

    That last picture…… in preparation for being a teenaged girl!

    Laural Dawn November 16, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Too funny!
    We’re all about birthday cakes in our house. When Matt turned 3 I let him have cake for breakfast. Just a cheapo chocolate one.
    He didn’t care about his gifts – that was the coolest thing ever.
    (we will do it again next year, but my husband and I will not eat it. We were nauseous)

    Sadiq Alam November 16, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    hahaa. interesting Zen Koan indeed. Happy Birthday to wonderboy, who and i have the same day of birthday.

    i wish him all the best and may his life be filled with inner joy and peace.

    B November 16, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Wonderbaby is adorable!

    I have never commented here… but I would like to email you a post for the basement and none of the email links seem to work. Could you leave the info @ my blog?


    b*babbler November 16, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I love that second-to-last photo.

    The look of incredible dissatisfaction and discontent with the general state of the cake is priceless.

    Mac and Cheese November 16, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    I’m with Wonderbaby. Cake should just be cake.

    mothergoosemouse November 16, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Man, I’m hungry.

    (And she’s darling. Happy birthday, beautiful little girl.)

    Major Bedhead November 16, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    The second to last shot looks as though she’s shoved it away in disgust and is coming to the realization that someone has played a cruel, fruit-laden joke on her.

    Happy birthday, WonderBaby, from another girl who had the great good sense to be born on the 14th of November. You, me, Frederick Banting and Monet. Not shabby company (and we’ll just ignore Prince Charles, ok?)

    mamatulip November 16, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    So sorry I missed her birthday, C. Happy Belated to Wonderbaby!

    kittenpie November 16, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    I love the little toddler fingers in the first picture – delight! And then the frown at the end – hunh.

    dana November 16, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I love her precious face. Looks like the cake was good at first. The last picture is so cute.

    Motherhood Uncensored November 16, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Not sure who looks yummier — your 2 year old (ACK!) or that cake.

    painted maypole November 16, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    picky, picky

    Catherine November 16, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    I am EXACTLY the same way. :)

    Queeny November 17, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    I am sooooo jealous!

    Her Bad Mother November 17, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    It’s not like it was really even super-fruity – it was just laced with cherries. Black Forest Cake. Which I wouldn’t touch as a kid either, but still. Ungrateful.

    mrs. mustard November 17, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    If there are any leftovers from that cake, you could send them my way. I’d gladly take them off your hands!

    AliBlahBlah November 17, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Oh wow, I’ll just need to look at that series of photos if I ever fancy a slice of cake again, the initial euphoria, then the slump!

    Brilliant pictures. Have enjoyed finding and reading your blog!

    Mary Joan Koch November 17, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing such adorable pictures. I love her incredible range of expressions.

    Haley-O November 17, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Soo adorable!

    Mom101 November 17, 2007 at 10:36 pm


    Also, drooling a little.

    iheartchocolate November 17, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    SO totally adorable! I love the series too!!!

    Aliki2006 November 17, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Fruit in a birthday cake! Yikes!

    Christine November 18, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    oh that look! that lovely frosting covered face!

    Anonymous November 19, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Happy birthday to you happy birthday you’re 2!she is so precious HBM.what a darling little girl…LAVANDULA

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