I made a crab cake this morning. And by crab cake I do not mean a small patty fashioned out of crab meat. I mean a cake in the shape of a crab.
How did this come about? No, I'm not making a thematic dessert for a surf and turf dinner party. Nor do I have anyone in the house who is a big fan of the Little Mermaid.
"It's Crabbin's birthday on Thursday!" This announcement came two days ago from my five-year-old, Cameron. We had been chatting about what fun events we had planned for the weekend, and clearly that reminded him of an important occasion that would, in fact, happen before the week's end! He was talking about his orange stuffed-animal crab, one of his two nighttime lovies. And because I'm game for anything - and particularly soaked in parent guilt lately - I found myself offering to make a cake. When it turned out we had orange-flavoured cake mix in the cupboard, the crab-shaped cake offer just kind of happened. We haven't iced him yet, but the orange icing is ready to go and I think we'll get a bit of a laugh out of singing "Happy Birthday" to a mass-produced IKEA stuffy tonight. I'm sure Cameron is inviting the whole class as I write.
While I'd like to say that I have a stash of real crab cakes ready in the freezer for holiday entertaining, I do not. No, this year I've been wincing at the sight of Christmas trees in stores and cringing when I hear holiday-themed muzak in malls. I've done barely any Christmas shopping. I haven't RSVP'd to the staff Christmas party, and I'm almost nowheresville on holiday prep.
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Meanwhile, breathe deeply and try to keep a crab-shaped birthday cake from happening to you.