Yes, it was rather florescent and the frosting got a little crunchy, but Ally loved it. (FYI, seven minute frosting will turn into meringue if you beat it long enough. Who knew?)
I've made Ally a variety of cakes for her birthdays. Some were prettier than others, but all have been fun.
There was a ladybug cake for her first birthday in 2009. It was strawberry flavored with pink frosting. It was so warm that day that the frosting began to melt and I didn't dare remove the wax paper strips because I was afraid that it might take off the frosting.
Ally didn't care.
In 2009 I made a monkey cake. It was a banana cake with chocolate frosting. Design wise, I think this one was my best so far.
In 2010 I made a simple vanilla cake with chocolate frosting decorated with butter flies and a flower.
That's the year Ally learned about licking frosting off the beaters.
Last year we were at the beach, so I made a beach birthday cake. The "sand" is crushed graham crackers over a marshmallow fluff frosting (yep, marshmallow fluff straight out of the jar).
The shells are real, but I did run them through the dishwasher before putting them on the cake.
Again, I'm not sure Ally would have cared.