Honesty and Chocolate Cake

At this moment in time I think it’s quite possible that Jane is too honest for her own good.

I was making a chocolate cake for a friend’s birthday when Jane piped up, ” I help you?” Fellow chocoholic that I am, I knew that “help” did not in this instance mean that she wanted to actually help. But rather, “Hey mom I’d like to sit on that stool and eat all the chocolate that you’ll let me.” Sympathetic to her plea, I set her up on a stool and gave her a frosting beater to lick.  But soon she was eyeing what I was doing.

I’m not going to lie, what I was doing was both interesting and delicious. I was in the final stages of assembling the Chocolate Quake Cake from Sprinkle Bakes. After baking the cake and making the frosting, you’ll have used three(!) full cups of cocoa powder. In making the chocolatey wonder, first you stack and frost two layers like any normal cake but then a third layer is cut up into random chunks and stuck it all over the entire thing. Sounds crazy, tastes awesome. I highly recommend it!

But, back to the kitchen. Jane’s stool is at the counter, just out of reach of the stove where I am working. (Not a coincidence.) Jane turns her chocolate covered face and sees the giant pile of cake chunks I’ve made, drops her frosting beater and asks if I’ll scoot her stool closer. Now I know all she wants is to get within arms reach of the pile of cake chunks which I’ve already started sticking on the cake as fast as I can.  But I ask anyway. “Jane are you going to snitch my cake if I scoot you closer?”  And she, honest girl that she is, says “YEAH!” and I explain (still frantically sticking on pieces) that this cake is for our friend and we can’t eat it yet because we are going to give it to her for her birthday.  But if she can just lick her frosting beater and hold on, perhaps I’ll have a few leftovers at the end.

Jane is two. This schpeal of mine results in nothing but the full on hysterical cry of the deprived child – for at least five seconds – before she sniffs, sobers and asks politely if I’ll move her stool closer. “If I move your stool closer what will you do?” “EAT CAKE!”  Again, we go through it, nope, can’t eat this cake, short hysterical crying, sobering, sniffles, polite asking.  “Sure, I’ll move your stool but you can’t touch the cake.” “I NEED CAKE!” And while I completely understand the sentiment, I repeated that we couldn’t eat this cake – yet. Again with the crying. Again the polite asking. Again the refusal. And again, and again.Jane crying with chocolate face

Let me tell you, I have made this cake before and I don’t remember it taking near so long to stick all those little chunks on top last time.

Eventually, I covered the cake, we called in the sisters, had a mini chocolate cake feast with the leftovers and life was good.

You know, I appreciate her honesty, I love that she asks politely even in the middle of a tantrum and I hope she keeps those wonderful qualities for life. But I just gotta think it would have been easier on us both had she just snitched a piece of cake without saying anything.


Perfection Pending
Today I’m linking up with Manic Mondays where Perfection Pending and others share parenting stories. Not to complain, of course, but to share the crazy!

19 comments on “Honesty and Chocolate Cake

  1. Jenny says:

    I need to make that cake!!! You need to make the Hershey’s Demon Cake (in their 1934 cookbook – bet the library has it) and layer it with thick fluffy dark chocolate buttercream! That’s what we enjoyed for Valentine’s Day in this house!!

    • Jessie says:

      You do need to make this cake! And if you do use the black cocoa powder- I did half and half it makes it extra yummy. I’ll have to try the Hershey’s Demon Cake next!

  2. Jean says:

    That is one crazy looking cake! I wonder if you could scoot your computer just a little closer to it . . . what? No . . . . I wasn’t going to snitch one . . .

  3. Becky says:

    Oh my! I just looked at that cake! I can see Jane’s NEED for it! I’m so glad there were some leftovers for her (and you)…I just knew you wouldn’t,….couldn’t disappoint her 🙂

  4. Peter S says:

    That’s a great photo! A photo like that can be used as blackmail when she is a teenager.

  5. Julie says:

    I was anxious to see a picture of this cake that sounded so interesting.

    • Jessie says:

      There is a link above to the recipe, did you get a chance to see it? I have made a lot of cakes and other creations from her website and usually mine look nice but not spectacular like hers. This one, I think it’s hard to screw up. Minus the squirrel it matches and she takes much better food photos than I do!

  6. That’s so funny! And, that picture is priceless!! My 2 year old isn’t good at lying yet either (which is a good thing for obvious reasons) but I love when they can’t help but tell the truth, even when it doesn’t get them the results they want! Thanks so much for linking up with me!! 🙂 Going to tweet this out now!

  7. Honesty is the best policy? 🙂 love the photo.

  8. gapark says:

    This will be a story you’ll love to tell and she will love to hear 20 years from now!

  9. Susie says:

    Now I am crying and need chocolate cake. I do not thank you for that.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    This is just so adorable!

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