November 28 11

“Mama. Now you have to trim the dome.”

“Um. WHAT?”

“You know, before we ice the cake. We have to trime the dome, to even it all out. Otherwise, our cake will be totally lopsided.”

“It’s called what, Isabella? Trimming the who?”

“The DOME. God, Mama, aren’t you listening?”

“I’m sorry. And where did you learn about this dome thing?”

“DUH. From Betty.”


“Betty Crocker? Mama, please tell me you have heard of her.”

“Baby, I don’t think Betty Crocker is a real person. I think she’s just a brand name?”

“She is so a real person. And she teaches me about cake decorating.”

“Well, anyway, we don’t need to trim the dome or anything because we aren’t frosting the cake.”



“That is so not okay.”

“What isn’t?”

“We made two cakes in 8-inch round pans. WHY DID WE DO THAT IF WE WEREN’T GOING TO FROST THEM?”

“Hey, Isabella, did you know that in Canada they call it ICING and in the states they call it FROSTING?”



“Betty would not approve of this at all.”

Indeed, she would not. Even though I’m still pretty sure she’s not a real person.

All I have to say is that Isabella is really lucky I shared my red velvet cake with her at all.

  1. That’s a smart little girl you’ve got there! Sounds like she spends a lot of time in the kitchen!


    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on November 28, 2011
  2. Somewhat unrelated, but when my mom was a substitute teacher (at my high school! – the horror of that, when one is in Grade 9, let me tell you…) she taught a student with the name Duncan Hines. She is extremely kind and so made no comment when reading out the attendance list. The poor kid came up and thanked her at the end of class saying she was the only teacher to never make fun of his name. He then went on to say most teachers usually asked him “So, where’s Betty Crocker?”


    Comment by suze on November 28, 2011
  3. Also – you weren’t planning on icing/frosting red velvet cake? What?


    alimartell replied on

    It’s inexcusable, really. Heh.


    Comment by suze on November 28, 2011
  4. What? Not real? Not even Chef Boyardee? Oh no!


    Comment by Astra on November 28, 2011
  5. In our house, Aunt Jemima gets a lot of respect.


    Comment by Jennifer P on November 28, 2011
  6. I have it on good authority that Alton Brown isn’t a real person, either.


    Comment by Avitable on November 28, 2011
  7. Well, her favorite show is Cake Boss and her favorite channel is Food Network, so I am not surprised!

    I’m more impressed she knew “lopsided”.


    Comment by Kristabella on November 28, 2011
  8. I am not surprised at all that Bellezilla has this knowledge, but WHY dear Ali are you not frosting your red velvet cake. I don’t think you can even call it cake if you don’t frost it.


    Jen replied on

    I came back here from today’s post and thought to myself…”self, even though this is an old post you simply MUST inquire as to why Ali isn’t frosting her cake”.



    Comment by Jen on November 28, 2011
  9. TRIM THE DOME. Oh man. That could have been really awkward.


    Comment by Meghan on November 29, 2011
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