A Birthday of Near Kardashian Proportions… Well, It Could’ve Been

My request to keep this particular birthday low-key seemed to have been noted until the other day when Keira announced she would like a three-tier birthday cake.

She’d even drawn her ‘concept’ of what she wanted this cake to look like:

3 tier cake

“Honey, that just isn’t going to happen. No way, no how.”

“Why not?”

“For one thing, it’s fancier than my own wedding cake.”

My mother – who happened to make and decorate my own wedding cake, and has arguably more authority and right to talk on the subject than I do – just happens to be visiting at the moment and spoke up to say that she would make the cake.


“Thank you,” I said. “But keep it to one layer, please.”

You can see how much I’m listened to around here.


In my caption to the Instagram picture I added, ‘In my day, teevee sticks made football ovals boundaries on a cake. Now, it’s a Plants vs Zombies fence. ZEITGEIST.’

Ultimately, Keira was unsure what the cake actually was. Riley was adamant it was some sort of zombie citadel. Oh, did I mention it was marble cake? Made from scratch?

Mums are awesome.


On this spirit of this occasion, let’s look over a conversation Adam and I had the other day.

“Come down the street for a walk with me,” he said.

“Okay, why?”

“Just because…”

We were halfway along when I asked where we were headed.

“I want to go to the jewellery shop.”


“I want to get something for Keira.”

“Um – dude? When was the last time you went to the jewellers for me?”

“Well… uh. That’s not important.”


“Not that long…”



{Us, in the shop}

“What about that?”

I like that.”

“What about this?”

“That’s too old for her.”




Happy eighth birthday, my darling. This morning you jumped into bed with me and said, “Only two more years until I’m ten!”

All in good time. Don’t be too much in a rush.

We love you.

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Karen Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time).


  1. says

    Hippy bird-day two ewes, Keira :-) Love the cake, whatever it is!

    My E will be 7 in 3 weeks and she’s talked me into having an art party here at home. Thankfully my goddamn genius cake decorator friend came up with the cake solution to end all solutions:

    1. I bake a huge chocolate cake (OK, easy enough)
    2. We cover it with buttercream and white fondant (Still not too hard)
    3. E draws all over it with edible markers, creating her own artwork birthday cake without any fiddly cutting, shaping, piping, sticking, etc from me
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  2. Meg says

    I thought of Keira – glad she had a nice day :) We turned 9 here – scary how fast it goes (that’s my baby)! Nikki wanted a Pac-Man cake, which in hindsight probably would have been simple enough IF I had any baking skills whatsoever!

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