First hurdle was to find the recommended gel colouring in this old town of limited shopping opportunity. It required a lunchtime dash to a specialist kitchen store, and then, they didn't have the recomended Lemon Yellow. Grrr. Anyway, that weekend while everyone was out at soccer and I had unfettered run of the kitchen, I got out the Sunbeam hand beaters, the heart-shaped cake pans and the left-over liquid food colouring in the pantry and set to work.
Meantime, the Strong, Silent One wryly notes that it would be far simpler to go to The Cheesecake Shop - a reliable, local purveyor of large and impressive cakes - rather than go through the self-flagellation a second time.
"There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't and that's a wife who can't cook and will." Robert Frost (1847-1963)