Let them eat cake… But first I have to make the damn thing

I’m sorry to say that today’s lunch plays only a supporting role to the main attraction.

Readers who have been around for a while might remember that late August is an important time of year for this blog.

It’s back-to-school time, of course. But that’s not what I’m talking about.

It’s also back-t0-birthday-party duty.

Parker turns 9 next month. But since he likes to have a sleepover party and he likes to have that party at our camp on the lake, that party generally takes place in late August just before he and his buddies head back to school.

That way the water is still warm enough to provide hours of entertainment to the gaggle of boys who invade.

This year’s party takes place this weekend.

This also means I will be spending tonight doing the one thing I do only once a year. And only for Parker’s birthday.

I will bake a cake.

Let’s be clear about something. I am no cake baker. I am no fussy pastry decorator. I have no particular skill or talent for this task.

But since it’s a once-a-year gig, I give it my all. Past creations have included:

Huckle Cat birthday cake

 Huckle Cat…


The Cat From Outer Space (remember that movie?)

Sushi cake

And last year’s sushi extravaganza.

This year Parker asked for a Percy Jackson birthday party. It’s a series of books (and more recently a couple movies) all based on Greek mythology. This left me kind of struggling with ideas for a cake.

Nothing was a really obvious choice. The main character is a demigod — the son of a human woman and the god Poseidon.

Tonight, you can watch me make what I came up with. As with every previous year, I’ll be live tweeting my cake making insanity. So check me out on Twitter starting around 6:30 p.m. or so EST for all the confectionary action. You can follow with the hashtag #PercyJacksonCake

Meanwhile, he still needed to each lunch, so I went with leftovers of leftovers. There were some noodles and steak left from yesterday’s lunch. There were some pork tenderloin strips I grilled for dinner last night. We ate them smeared with garlic-pepper jelly. But this afternoon I slapped on in a whole-wheat hot dog bun and squirted on some barbecue sauce. Add some apple slices and we’re good.

Easy lunch box ideas: Leftover udon noodles with steak and hot sauce; leftover grilled pork tenderloin with barbecue sauce on a whole-wheat hot dog bun; and apple wedges. http://www.LunchBoxBlues.com

By the way, the Buy Lunch, Get Dinner Free! giveaway continues. There’s about 25 free books left up for grabs (give or take, given my ability to count). So head over to Amazon and preorder “Beating the Lunch Box Blues,” then forward your order confirmation to freebook@lunchboxblues.com and I’ll send you a free copy of my last cookbook, “High Flavor, Low Labor.”

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20 Responses to “Let them eat cake… But first I have to make the damn thing”

  1. Sara says:

    I just had a flash back to the movie ‘Clash of the Titans’ with Harry Hamlin. Pegasus (the winged horse) was, still is, my favorite mythology character & in the movie–cool scene when Pegasus springs up out of the sea. Awesome movie. Even the 80’s special effects are amazing.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      I almost rented that for the boys to watch at the party, then decided I had to stick with Percy Jackson since that was the scene. But I did love that ’80s movie.

      • Sara says:

        The story is very good and based on a series of short novels too, there’s an updated version of books as well.

        • Sara says:

          Sorry, referring to ‘The Clash of the Titans’ series. If you’re into British lit the ‘Dr. Who’ series is good, and relatable to both adults and youth. The Dr. just had an anniversary this year–and a new Dr. for the tv version is reviving, metamorphing (or whatever he does) soon!

  2. Sara says:

    And when you open your sandwich shop include cakes as well! Plus I know flashback is one word–ha ha. I actually had a cup of tea today too.

  3. Patricia says:

    Easy. It has to be blue.

  4. Daniela says:

    I think the cake looks awesome so far! !!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks. It came out OK. The frosting just didn’t act as it was supposed to. The Greek lettering on the top made it better.

  5. Meg Cronin says:

    Ack, I remember all the cake-making. I had to do the Acropolis, a pyramid, and the continent of Africa. Africa was easiest. The pyramid was not too bad. The Acropolis, well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing it was SUPPOSED to look like a ruin. Cuz it did. Imagine frosted parts made in loaf pans and held up, sort of by wedding cake pillars. Yeah, bad.

  6. Lynn says:

    Bravo for surviving another year! I hope you get to enjoy an extra slice of that cake. Happy birthday, Parker!