CHARLESTON, W.Va. - When it comes to making sacrifices for my three sons, there's nothing I wouldn't do.
I've taken them camping in the driving rain, supervised sleepovers where "sleep" didn't bother to show up, and I repeatedly figure out ways to get all three to three different sets of practices and/or games, often all at the same time.
But the latest challenge took the cake.
Isaac "Food Boy" Keith and I teamed up to whip up an entry in Pack 152's Boy Scout "All Fellas Cake Bake" this past weekend.
And since said cakes would be judged and eaten during a Hawaiian-themed awards dinner, Isaac believed our choice was clear: I was to help him bake a "volcano sitting on an island with a sandy beach and palm trees."
Oh sure, piece of cake.
Little dude even sketched the design on a sheet of paper, which he repeatedly pointed to every time I tried to suggest an alternate decoration plan.
We mixed up a double batch of tropical carrot cake (getting its island vibe from the addition of crushed pineapples, coconut and toasted macadamia nuts folded into the batter) and filled three pans - one large rectangle, one medium Bundt and one small cone.
We stacked the two graduating cone-shaped cakes to form the volcano, which rested on the rectangle island. (Not ideal, I know, but we didn't have a circle pan big enough for a more realistic island base.)
When it came time to decorate, green-dyed coconut made our grass, graham cracker crumbs became sand and blue icing made waves in the ocean. The towering volcano was covered in chocolate icing and ground chocolate wafers resembling dirt. Then we drizzled orange sparkle gel icing down the side to create streams of fiery lava.