On Spatulas, Golf Balls and Birthdays

January 14, 2013

Admittedly, since I started decorating cookies back in 2010, my collection of spatulas has grown quite a bit.  My husband once asked me why I had so many,  to which my reply was to tell him for the same reason that he has so many golf balls… eventually I will use them all.

While I have from one time or another over the past 2+ years, used every one of my spatulas, Ron has not used every one of his golf balls.  Even considering the number of times he golfs in the course of a season, this does not surprise me.  He has a LOT of golf balls and he keeps buying more or getting more for gifts.

My passion is baking & decorating, mostly sugar cookies.  Ron’s is without question, the game of golf.  While we both golf, we both do not bake.  However, just as I support his love of the game, he supports my love of baking and my need to continue to add more spatulas to my collection.  This Christmas he gave me this lovely canister which shows he also supports my penchant for collecting roosters, which by the way are believed to bring good luck.

Spatula Canister

We are headed south the Florida in a few weeks so Ron (we) can golf.  He hasn’t swung a club since late in November when his course closed.   For an avid golfer, that’s a long time to go without putting a single ball.  Believe me when I tell you that even watching his beloved football isn’t helping him get over the need to get out on to the fairways.

Today is Ron’s birthday.  I made him his favourite carrot cake with pumpkin pie spice buttercream icing, but just a little one.

Carrot Cake

With the extra batter, I made little carrot cake loaves.  I decided to try my hand at creating a little golf course hole for my golf fanatic, complete with a sand trap at the back of the green and a #10 hole flag.  You’ll have to ask Ron the significance of that!  Suffice to say it’s the #10 hole at Mapleview Golf course.  As it is his special day, I thought it would be nice to have the little buttercream golf ball sitting nicely on the edge of the green.  Much better than up in the rough or worse…in the sand trap!

Ron's Birthday Cake

Slicing down one of the little carrot cake loaves, I positioned the two slices at the back of the top of the cake and proceeded to *dirty ice* it all.

Dirty Iced

Plain white buttercream was used to cover the area for the sandtrap.  Dark green icing was used to frost the cake and a lighter shade of green was used to frost the green.  The *rough* was piped using a #233 decorating tip with the dark green icing.  A wooden skewer was used to hold the cardstock flag.

Ron's BDay Cake 2

Happy Birthday Honey!  To quote Arnold Palmer,  golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect.  It is, at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.  But you already knew that didn’t you!  This cake on the other hand, very simple, totally uncomplicated and no problem if you slice it :)


{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara | Creative Culinary January 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I was once married to a man who loved golf and I see in this story a distinct difference that clearly illustrates why for me, it was the ‘G’ word. I love how mutually supportive you are; with my ex it was all about him. Golf, golf, golf. New baby…sorry babe I’ll be gone all weekend playing golf. Sick with flu and 2 babies? Sorry babe…I can’t cancel this foursome. And so on and so on.

It became my nemesis; it was the ‘other woman’ until there actually was another woman…and they were out playing golf together!!

So for your obviously sweet hubs…I wish him a Happy Birthday and his game the best…as long as he’s nice to you; that’s all that matters to me. :)


Britt January 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

You can never have too many spatulas!! My collection of them is also growing, but I WILL use them all at one point or another!

This cake is so cute! I love well-decorated cakes with icing as opposed to fondant, and this looks absolutely wonderful. Your hubby is a lucky guy!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

What a fun cake Paula! I’d love to hear the significance of the 10th hole, so can you please tell Ron that I’m asking? LOL.
I live in a family of golfers so I completely understand (not) the addiction they feel towards the game. Actually, I like to play too but I’m not as possessed by the game as the men in my family are (of course, they don’t understand my passion for cooking/baking either so I guess we’re even).
Please wish Ron a happy birthday and enjoy your time in the Florida sunshine :)


Bea January 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

You have some pretty spatulas, Paula! Happy Birthday to Ron!!


Rita January 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Happy birthday to your loving husband, Paula. The cake is perfect for him. I hope he enjoyed as much as he deserved. I am very happy that you support each other. It is the best part of a marriage. My husband bought me last year a red lamp when he saw that I had a hard time decorating cookies at the light of the ceiling lamp. I was very happy. So, I am happy for you too. The canister with the rooster is the perfect gift for you. I hope it will bring good luck in your house.


Stephanie January 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Aww I love this post! The cake is amazing and the story of golfing and spatulas was fun to read. Keep on collecting those cute spatulas!


sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more January 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

so fun, my dad has so many golf balls, he is now passing them on to my hubby who plays maybe once a year, and my son who never plays, just rolls them around.


Christine (Cook the Story) January 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

What a wonderful cake! I know that both my dad and my brother would love it (avid golfers). And my mom would love that rooster crock. She also collects items with brightly coloured cock-a-doodles. Me, my favorite thing in this post is that collection of spatulas. They’re so bright and fun. All of mine are rather boring-looking. I’m going to keep my eye open for some fun ones so that I can smile when I’m scraping.


Mike @ Semi Sweet January 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Happy Birthday, Ron! I love the cake and the story behind it, Paula.


GolfGirl January 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I love your blog & your cookies ! As something of a rarified niche sport it’s hard to interest a wide audience in golf, so it’s great to see it featured in a lifestyle story like this. Birthday Wishes to your husband & have a great time in FL.


Amanda January 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

ADORE this cake Paula!!! Its just perfect. You are such a wonderful wife and decorator!!


Jacquee January 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I am always caught slightly off-guard and pleasantly surprised when you post a cake! This is precious! Happy (belated) Birthday to Ron!! Re: golf – I have an appreciation for the game and that only came when I worked for PING one summer while I was in school. Didn’t perfect my game, but I got some great swag. ;)


Sue January 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

What an awesome cake! I bet your husband loved it! It sure turned out beautifully, Paula:)


Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic January 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Happy Birthday to Ron! How nice that you can both enjoy a hobby, and still poke fun at each other. I adore your citrus spatulas. A baker can never have too many of them.


Ron January 18, 2013 at 5:58 am

I did not receive notice of this post and so I am only getting to it today! The cake was great and my golfing buddies were jealous when I emailed them the picture – but they all agreed that I deserved it! The 10th at Mapleview is a par 5 fairly narrow hole. The drive is crucial to scoring well. Good drive I usually par. Bad drive I usually get 7. This year I had two 9s on it as well.


Warning Sugary Goodness January 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Ron, Happy Birthday and what a lovely cake. Paula, just think if Ron didn’t enjoy this hobby of golf? He’d be driving you nuts in the kitchen!!!!!!! Golf is good :)


Paula (Salad in a Jar) January 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm

If only a slice was as good in golf and it would be in regard tot his cake. Too cute!


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles January 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Ahhhhh…great post, Paula. And great reply to your husband about your spatula collection, love it! Happy Birthday to your hubby – and have an awesome time in warm and sunny (I wish!!) Florida! :)


Choc Chip Uru January 19, 2013 at 1:55 am

Oh that is an absolutely beautiful cake my friend :)

Choc Chip Uru


Marina BlauKitchen January 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

Lovely cake and spatulas too!
Best wishes


Christine Shen - Sugar Cravings January 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

What a great cake!!! The way you decorated it was flawless and it looked just like a golf course! :) I think I have that same 6″ cake pan but mine always (without fail) sinks in the middle. Would love to know if you have any tricks to ensuring that doesn’t happen. Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to Ron! :)
Christine – Sugar Cravings


Melissa January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Happy Birthday to your other half!! I love the cake that you made Paula…So fun. {and that lime spatula…AH!!!}


Stephanie (Ellie's Bites) January 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Very cute cake!! I need to remember that comeback- my husband doesn’t golf- he fishes, and he definitely has more hooks and lures than I have spatulas!


Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} January 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Your cake is beautiful Paula. I used to play golf in high school. I miss playing. I played a little after I graduated but I don’t think I’ve picked up a club since 1997.

I have a love for spatulas too. When I first started decorating cookies I began a quest to find the perfect spatula for mixing my royal icing. I finally have settled on the spatulas that came with my Vitamix as my favorites. I love that blue one up front.

Thanks for linking up to my link party :). Hope to see you again next Saturday!


Lora January 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

What an adorable cake! And a belated Happy Birthday to Ron. I am a spatula collector as well, your collection great.


Marci Johnson January 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I love it!! I may have to attempt this cake for my brother in law’s birthday. And really- any excuse to use my grass tip makes me happy…..


Sharon January 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Awww, sweet story! A little something for each to share together, yet enjoy as individuals…a perfect match in the game of marriage! Par?


Hani(haniela's) January 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

I always buy new spatulas, you can never have too many.
This is a really wonderful cake design, I love how you made one part elevated to make it look like a real gold course.


Cheryl (Grandma Coco) January 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

My failing is knitting needles! I have a million of them, and each one (or set) is special. Just as your cake is special. What a great gift!


Staci January 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I like your analogy between his golf balls and your spatulas – they may think all our gadgets are useless but we could wonder the same thing about having 10,326 sizes of wrenches in his tool box. Have fun in Florida! Staci


Amanda January 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm



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