In December 2009, my mom retired from a rewarding forty-three year nursing career at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was a postpartum nurse for the majority of that time, and even helped in labor and delivery for a number of years. To celebrate her retirement, my sister Rebecca and I flew back to Iowa immediately before Christmas to throw her a retirement party with our dad and other sister.
My job was to plan the food, including a special dessert. Purchasing a decorated cake from Hy-Vee would have been an easy route, but I decided to make a special, memorable dessert for her instead. After racking my brain for ideas, I ultimately decided on a cupcake cake. I scoured the internet for pictures of nursing related cakes. Imagine my shock when I couldn’t find any. The burden then rested on me to design something.
I slaved in my sister Holly’s kitchen for hours, baking the cupcakes, mixing up different colored frosting, and then creating and decorating the cake. The end result wasn’t quite what I had hoped, but Mom seemed pleased and the kids at the reception sure enjoyed it. What do you think it was supposed to be? Have you ever attempted to make a cupcake cake?