My son fell in love with at mushrooms while we were hiking in the Smokey Mountains this summer. Not eating them - just looking at them. "Mama come take a picture of this one! Look at that one!" We could hardly make it a minute without a new mushroom being spotted. Everyone seemed to agree - it was a phenomenal year for mushrooms. Before we left the mountains we ended up buying a laminated mushroom guide at the Sugarland Visitor Center for our four year old.
Throughout the rest of the summer and the fall we heard many more requests to look up different mushrooms. We added a more in-depth resource to our backpacks - the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms. The pre-occupation with mushrooms seemed to be here to stay.
When it was time to plan his birthday party I decided to plan for a forest theme and began looking for mushroom cakes on Pinterest. I thought I found the one when I saw cupcakes with red frosting and large white chocolate chips pressed into them for spots. They were simple and cute. When I showed my son my Pinterest find he spotted something far superior.
He wanted "That one!" "That one" was a realistic log cake with meringue mushrooms on it. I couldn't blame him - it was an amazing cake. It looked so real! I wondered, could I really replicate that? Everything I read promised I could.
I ordered a 1A Wilton's frosting tip, waited for Amazon to deliver it, and then (the day before his party) I set out to make my little guy his dream mushroom cake. The mushrooms were a little time consuming but overall not difficult. I have to say the final product was SO cute. The dusting of cocoa powder really made them look real. I kept them in the freezer until right before the party which allowed them to stay crisp. All in all it was a fun project and I finally found a type of mushroom I like to eat. But I've learned my lesson, I'm not showing my kids anything on Pinterest ;)