A step-by-step recipe guide for aspiring super-dads.
You might recognize Chris Hemsworth as the secretary in the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor, or as the older brother of Miley Cyrus’s sometimes beau, Liam.
But what you might not know is that the Australian god of thunder also has aspirations of culinary greatness and a 4-year-old daughter named India whom he dares not disappoint.
When his sweet little girl requested a chocolate T. rex cake to celebrate her birthday, the Mighty Hemsworth knew exactly what to do: order a cake from the cake store.
But life is not without its roadblocks, even for an in-demand leading man. We can’t say for sure if Hemsworth was hindered by the famously terrible L.A. traffic on the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard, or if he just waited too long to call the local bakery, but either way, the end result revealed the same shocking, awful truth: The cake store wouldn’t have time to create the requested culinary dino-concoction in time for his daughter’s birthday.
So Hemsworth swung into action, like a huntsman in that movie where he plays the huntsman.
Lest he return to his home empty-handed, Hemsworth consulted with Odin’s great wisdom and found a recipe for such a cake as his daughter did desire.
With the knowledge of the Norns in hand, he got the the necessary ingredients from a store, just like a normal person who is also a father and wishes to do right by his daughter would do.
It was not until he returned to his humble Los Angeles abode that he realized he had forgotten eggs!
(OK so this part didn’t actually happen. But I’m taking some creative license just so I can share this funny picture of an exasperated Chris Hemsworth.)
With the clock ticking down toward the anniversary of his daughter’s day of birth, the heroic Hemsworth grabbed the mixing bowl and fervently whisked the ingredients together and poured the batter blend into a dinosaur-shaped dish…
Tens of minutes passed as he anxiously awaited for the sugary mixture to settle into its spongy form within the oven…
Watching a cake bake is really, really boring, so here’s a lovely photo of Chris and his wife, Elsa Pataky.
With seconds to spare (I’m editorializing), the kitchen timer sounded out an ear-piercing ding, and Hemsworth retrieved his Tyrannosaurus creation from the oven’s fiery bowels!
He named his fine dino-delicacy “La TRex al la chocolate,” which is a lost Latin phrase that I assume means “Chris Hemsworth made a totally awesome dinosaur cake for his daughter ’cause he’s the man.”
The lesson here is clear. Next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, or afraid that you might disappoint the one you love, remember: It doesn’t take a magical hammer or the power of the gods to bake a dinosaur cake.
Even a god of thunder can screw up and forget a simple task that he probably should planned for ahead of time. But as long as you remember that there’s always room to improvise, even if it means you get your hands dirty in the name of love (and not to forget the eggs), you’ll be just fine.