After years of making cakes for other people’s kids, I was very much looking forward to making cakes for my own children one day. But, when my daughter turned 2 we were in Hawaii on a family vacation and I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to make her a cake. I contacted a bakery in Kauai that would bake and ice the cake for me, so all I would have to do is add the fondant embellishments….seemed easy enough. As you might expect, a couple things went wrong here. I didn’t take into account that Kauai in June is pretty humid and fondant doesn’t care for humid weather conditions. This made the fondant super soft and mushy. Then, I realized I forgot my extruder at home and had to send my husband to the ONE Walmart on the Island to buy me the Play-Doh “Fun Factory” in order to make the hula skirt and her hair. Also, apparently the restaurant we were having her birthday dinner doesn’t allow outside food/cake in their establishment. But, after a lot of begging and arm-twisting, we were able to convince the owner to let us bring it in. So, here’s my daughter’s sweaty hula girl cake, made in a Grand Hyatt hotel room…cuz I’m no quitter!