Several weeks ago my good friend Lisa asked me if her 6-year-old daughter Zoya could come over and bake something with me sometime. She knows I love to bake and apparently Zoya loves it too (she actually reminds me of ME as a kid). I didn't hesitate for a second to say yes. I decided that I wanted to go all out and make this strawberry and chocolate layer cake with chocolate ganache (instead of the strawberry swiss meringue buttercream frosting we made a simple cream cheese frosting). A little ambitious for Zoya's first time, but seriously she was the perfect assistant -- she listened well, followed directions extra carefully, asked questions, and was a total cutie eager beaver to learn and do things right. Did I mention she's six? I mean, she basically made the entire thing herself with me handling the grown up safety stuff. The cake tasted amazing and most importantly, we had so much fun and we both want to do it again! And p.s. I took way too many photos of her Hello Kitty tattoo. So cute!
Thank you Zoya! I can't wait to bake with you again soon.