This was a very big week for our family. Our first grandchild graduated from high school yesterday. He graduated with honors, an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship to play baseball for the college that was his Number One Choice! He did this with NO HELP FROM DIABETES OR CELIAC DISEASE!
His parents were having a graduation party at one of his favorite Mexican Restaurants and my grand daughter (his little sister) called me and asked if I would help her make a cake for the occasion! No brainer, of course I would love to help!
Mind you, most of the time, the two of them can not stand to be in the same room with each other!! She says “He gets all the attention….it’s always about him” . He is always teasing her and says “She is so spoiled, she gets whatever she wants” and so on and so on! You know, that whole sibling rivalry thing!!
So anyway, she comes over and begins to tell me what she wants to make for her big brother. And she melts my heart!
You see, he has not been able to eat cake like everyone else since he was 11 years old and in addition to his Type 1 diabetes, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Whenever we have birthdays or other events where cake is served we alway make sure he has a gluten free cupcake or some other gluten free dessert. But because this is a really special day for him…his sister wants to make him the gluten free cake and make regular cupcakes for everyone else!! Oh, and not just any old gluten free cake but a 4 tiered gluten free cake!! I am choking back the tears by now! At that moment, I couldn’t be more proud of her! What a very special grand daughter I have!
The day of the graduation party was also our third grandchild’s birthday and she wanted to make sure she made him something as well. So after I pick all of them up from their respective schools, I take her and our 2 younger grandsons to the cake decorating store and we pick out decorations for her “vision” and our birthday boy picks out what he wants on his special cupcake!! She and I then spend the evening baking all four gluten free cakes and we bake 18 regular cupcakes. She has heard that it’s easier to frost if we freeze the cakes first…after the last of the four cakes has cooled we put them in the freezer at about 11pm and we head off to bed! (She’s spending the night because she has no school the next day and wants to get an early start to the decorating!)
So up we get and one by one we remove the layers from the freezer and frost them and stack them on top of each other! Then the cupcakes are frosted and a little frosting is put on the bottom of the wrappers so they stay secured to where she puts them. Finally…she is ready to add the decorations that took her over an hour to pick out!
I’ll let you decide for yourself…But I doubt that anyone would be able to buy a more beautiful graduation cake or a cake made with more love than this one (let alone a gluten free one)!!
This Grandmother is so very proud of all of her grandchildren. Being a grandma is the best thing in the whole world!