Every Easter when I was little, my mom made a carrot cake in a lamb mold, and frosted it with coconut frosting. She left a the nose and ears unfrosted, placed raisins for the eyes, then sat him on a silver platter in Easter grass, sprinkled with jelly beans.
Then, usually, his head would fall off.
One year, the frosting just refused to hold the back and the front of the lamb together and the little guy just split right down the middle.
The cakes I've made for my own family have fared just about as well.
I don't know why it is so hard to make this lamb cake, but it really is very difficult, and I have to say, I find it hilarious. There are all kinds of cute little lamb molds you can buy that are much cuter and probably easier to complete, but I like to go old school. I use the old-fashioned, Nordic Ware mold and really get a kick out of seeing how it turns out. We do a spice cake, because though carrot cake might be more seasonally appropriate, spice cake is way better. Also, coconut is a no-go at my house, so we just do standard vanilla frosting. Unfortunately, this year- I don't know why- the frosting just kept rolling off the stupid cake. Not only would the back not stick to the front, but the poor little lamb's face just kept melting off like he had looked into the Ark of The Covenant. Poor little guy. I lay him down on his back, frosted him really fast and the stuck him in the fridge.
It worked, but when I took it out it felt like it weighed 15 pounds, and sort of looked like it had been made out of Elmers glue. Amani, who had been very excited to help me decorate the little lamb, jammed several banners made out of drinking straws and hand-drawn pictures of the Easter bunny.
Frankly, I think it makes a very interesting commentary on the way secular society is overwhelming the original message of Jesus' sacrifice. I'm sure that's what she was going for.
It still tasted good.
At least the head stayed on.