Amazing Kids! Magazine

My Birthday Cake

By Allison Stein, age 10, Michigan

I was pretty excited about my birthday. Mom was putting up the decorations, and she set eleven yellow candles on the table. You could tell at the first glance; anyone could tell it was someone’s birthday. I love surprises, and I couldn’t wait for my best friend to spend the night. I noticed a pile of carefully wrapped presents in the corner. Dad said I should shake them. One was in the shape of a paint set. I could feel the spirals of a notebook, and one present was obvious: the case of a Strawberry Shortcake doll. I shook another, and I was determined it was beads. Smelling the next one, I knew it was chocolates.

Then I remembered one of my favorite things about a birthday party: I got to bake my cake this year. All Mom would do was put the pan in the oven. I could invent a new recipe. I suddenly knew what cake to invent! I got out my favorite notebook. I picked out a pencil and wrote:

Allison’s Coconut Cake Recipe

Bake a regular vanilla cake. To the batter, add one bowl of coconut pudding and coconut pieces off of two granola bars.

Now I was really excited. I could have my new cake.

“Hey, Allison,” Dad said. “You should bake a chocolate cake this year.”

I was crushed! Of course I loved chocolate, but it was my birthday, my cake, and I had just fallen in love with coconut cake! I decided to please Dad. If I add extra fudge, maybe it won’t be that bad. Maybe I can still call it my recipe then, I thought.

I must have looked deep in thought when I approached Mom.

“Hey, birthday girl,” she said. “How about having an ice cream social for your party? You know, sprinkles, caramel, fudge, cool whip, and chocolate syrup? We won’t even need a cake.” I frowned. I had to choose: coconut, chocolate, or ice cream?

Ring. Ring. I ran to the phone.

“Hello,” I said.

“Hi, Alli,” my friend said. “I know what dessert you should make.”

“What?” I asked.

“Peanut butter pie,” she said.

“Great,” I said. I set down the receiver and turned around.

“Hi,” my sister said. “I have a recipe you’ll love.” She handed me a piece of paper. Here’s what it said:

My Crummy Muffins

Start with a regular muffin mix. Add the following to the batter: bananas (peels and all), tomatoes (unwashed), and salt.

“You spell crumby c-r-u-m-b-y,” I said.

“No,” my sister said. “I mean they taste crummy.”

“Oh,” I said. Then I got my best idea ever!

“Happy birthday to you!” everyone sang. Right after that I presented my dessert. My friend asked for the recipe, so I gave her a piece of paper. It said:

Allison’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Coconut-Caramel Muffins

Directions: Start with a regular muffin mix. Add the following to the batter: ½ bowl of coconut pudding, a melted chocolate bar, and one cup of peanut butter. Bake. Add caramel on top.