The Day of Infamy.

It’s the day Golfer has been counting down to for the past month–the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It all started last year, after he watched a Dogfight episode all about it. That led to his reading a great graphic novel type book Day of Infamy: Attack on Pearl Harbor (Graphic History), and for the past two years he’s always counted down the days until we could commemorate it.

We’ve watched more Food Channel this year, and ‘Ace of Cakes’ has inspired us to make more creative cakes, so of course Golfer asked to bake a battleship cake. All things considered, it wasn’t half bad. I didn’t have anything to make gray icing, plus we wanted a nice fudgy chocolatey icing anyway, so we did a lemon chocolate chip poundcake with fudge icing.

First we baked the cake in a 9*13 pan, cut it in half, and then tapered the sides to Golfers specifications. Then we took some scraps to add the Captains Tower on top.

Constructing the USS Arizona cake.

Then the kids took the icing and applied it liberally all over. It wasn’t smooth and ‘battleship realistic’, but to them it was perfect. Golfer had the inspired idea to stick candles out the sides to mimic cannons and guns, which looked especially cool once we lit them up.

The completed USS Arizona Cake

Before the kids blew them out, we went around the table and spoke a few words about how we felt about what happened at Pearl Harbor and the men who served there. Then the talk turned to other disasters that have happened. As we sat around eating our battleship cake, remembering the men and women involved in Pearl Harbor and talking about history, I was really quite astounded at the depth of knowledge Naturalist and Golfer had and how much they contributed to the conversation.

And now that everyone is tucked into bed, I’m heading there myself. I’m thinking that tomorrow is the day that I peel myself off the couch and catch up on flu neglected laundry.


4 Responses

  1. I think it’s great!!! Please tell Golfer he should make you do that every year. (:

  2. Very cool cake. šŸ™‚

  3. The candles were a brilliant idea! Sounds like a great conversation was had around your cake.

  4. very cool!

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