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I’d like to point out right now that I don’t follow hockey, although I am certainly not above yanking on my dad’s Jean Beliveau jersey and snapping a picture to taunt one of my friends who’s a die-hard Boston fan. (Although I suppose he had the last laugh this year.) Truthfully, the only time I pay any attention is when Chicago is playing at home, but that’s only because I enjoy hearing Jim Cornelison sing the American national anthem.
But…oh…the things we do for love – and Father’s Day!
The cake was my mother’s idea. “Hey, what if you did the cake to look like a hockey rink, with the Canadiens logo at centre ice?” Right. Because I can totally draw the Habs’ logo, and I totally know what a regulation hockey rink looks like. Thank heavens for Google. In the end, I came up with this:
The nets were part of a soccer-themed cake-topper set, and are slightly disproportionate for a 9″ x 13″ rink, but I take what I can get. I used a toothpick to trace the shape of the “C” in before filling it in with red icing, then adding the blue outline.
But wait! There’s more! Once I had decided how I was going to decorate it, I wanted something a little different for the cake part. Don’t get me wrong – we all like chocolate, but it’s been done.
I used a cherry chip cake mix, made with a can of ginger ale instead of the standard water/oil/eggs to keep things vegan, and then stirred in a few Wilton baking bits in blue. Without the icing job, it would make a nifty 4th of July cake, but here it carries the theme through.
Rather than try to cover and hide it in the already-crowded fridge until today, we cut into it last night – my dad was absolutely tickled with his special dessert.
Happy Father’s Day!