A very sweet friend arrived with a birhtday cake the other day. Our oven is on the fritz (despite telling my landlord close to a month ago.) Try that one...preheating oven, 2 cannabilistic kids frothing at the mouth for pizza...and the oven doesn't preheat. I throw matches inside it, hoping something will hit a gas source like a pilot light (or we'll have a third fire and have to go out for food) - to no avail. That was not fun. The whining. The whinging. Hungry children dead set on pizza. Thank you Nutella, you've saved my life more than once. I'm glad there's an alternative to Spam these days. The can is so unpalatable.
I forgot to tell Husband about the oven problem and assumed it was fixed because the landlord was messing around with it. Apparently, on my birthday Husband and posse mixed batter for a cake and made frosting. they put the cake in the oven and after 30 minutes the cake was still batter. The oven, however, does have the fairly useless ability to still broil everything, so Husband just figured he could broil the birthday cake. Now, I don't know if this is a commonality in Ireland - failure to understand that broiling is exposing food to direct, intense high heat, or if this is a Husband thing (please chime in Irish readers.). He'd actually never heard of "broil," probably because it has nothing to do with sausages or bacon. Anyway, broiling the cake didn't work so well. I'll leave the image for you to chuckle over, along with Husband's confused look ("Heat is heat", he claimed.)
I did love the effort Husband made, and the Y chromosome which has a gene that says, "Pshaw, if I can get Junior to a sushi restaurant without his Superman cape, I can broil a birthday cake." Thanks Mo, for this glorious birthday cake. She told them to make it blue with huge pink flowers. We loved it! Junior clandestinely drank a bunch of batter from the burned/liquified birthday cake and ran up and down hallway for about 30 minutes, like our cat at 3am, but he has since recovered. Next year the ante is upped, Husband. Pink ombre cake - directions at Glorious Treats.