A MAN with a BIG HEART Cake

A birthday cake for Ed

A birthday cake for Ed

A good friend of mine celebrated his __th birthday last February 24th. He is very thankful to God for giving him a “second life”.

Well, if you are a bit intrigued of his story, then here it is:

It was the second week of January 2014 that Ed was diagnosed with coronary artery disease in which the arteries in his heart were narrowed or blocked by a sticky material called plaque. He immediately needed to undergo angioplasty.

I searched online about this procedure and this was what I have found.

 “Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery. A thin tube with a tiny balloon on the end is threaded through a blood vessel in the arm of groin up to the involved site in the artery. When the tube is in place, the doctor inflates the balloon to push the plaque outward against the wall of the artery, thus widens the artery and restores blood flow.”

Well, sounds a complicated procedure huh? But here’s the good point.

According to the doctors, ”the benefit of angioplasty is to reduce chest pain caused by the reduced blood flow to the heart and minimize damage to heart muscle from a HEART ATTACK.”

Oh there it goes… it all perfectly makes sense!

Because last December Ed almost passed out while doing an extreme ball game during their family day at the church. He suddenly felt the shortness of breathing that he almost collapsed on the field.

After the operation, Ed was so thankful to everyone in our community here in Oman who were there when he was in great needs. Not just the regular hospital visit or all-day care that we gave but also monetary help.

On the celebration of his birthday, he ordered a cake to share with his good friends and loved ones. Instantly, a cake design came to my imagination and this how it looked like:

A cake design for Ed

A cake design for Ed

First, I made the topper. The Man on the cake was made of fondant icing holding a BIG Heart. The figure symbolized Ed’s big humble heart and as a wonderful person as well.

a man with a big heart

a man with a big heart

I started making the legs.

the legs

the legs

Then, the body and arms.

upper extremes

upper extremies

The upper and lower body.

the upper and lower body

the upper and lower body

Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the hands, and face because I was in a hurry. But anyway, after combining the features, then it looked like this:

the man like ED

the man like ED

I also cut out in fondant the little flowers and the birthday letters.

the cake toppers

the cake toppers

Since most of his friends like chocolate cake, I made sure it was super moist and delicious.

And finally, I also made a personalized message flag with a note “THANK YOU LORD FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND MORE YEARS TO COME”…Simple but very meaningful indeed!

a yummy cake

a yummy cake

So that’s the special cake perfectly made for Ed. Enjoy life to the fullest!

RIAH – the HAPPY Baker  😉

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