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It’s all about Balance

I’ll be the first to admit it.  This cake was a struggle.  I had very clear ideas of how I wanted it to come out in my head and IT WAS HARD!!!  I made some compromises along the way.  There was no way to make the balance beam elevated and still have the girl on top.  It was hard enough getting her to stand at all.  But I do think that the low beam fit the age group – and also works with the other elements in the cake. I also had to sacrifice some form for function with the legs to get them to “hold her” which meant the leotard didn’t look as “real” as the gymnast wearing purple.  She was just way way too tippy and that frustrated me to no end.  But there are other things that really make me smile.  I LOVE how the foam pit came out.  I hollowed out the center of the cake and cut the foam bits out of fondant that I dusted with powdered sugar to resemble chalk.  And I like the chalk stand near the uneven bars.  I also like how I thought to work Charlotte’s age into the leotard of the gymnast.  She liked that!  And as caught up as “I” get in the details — I have to remind myself that I am making a cake for a child’s party and if the child it happy – it’s a winner!

Lights, Camera, Action

Thankfully, boy child has come over to the dark side of fondant, because there is no way this cake would have looked as good without it.  Plus, I have done black icing before, and while it might have been wildly fun for the 4 year-old boys involved;  I was not exactly the most popular Mom with the other parents when they picked up their little darlings and realized that black icing doesn’t really wash off.  Kind of ever . . .

This cake was super simple.  Absolutely no structure what-so-ever involved.  The only really really important part is the lining up of the angles of the clapper.  If they are off, the whole cake suffers.  It’s the only non negotiable part.  Also do the math.  Measure well and then measure again before you do the word boxes.  I took a ruler and a skewer and lightly marked the surface and then followed with the piped icing to get it right.  I think my hand must have cramped up a bit, because the words at the top make me much happier than the words at the bottom.

Enjoy!!

A theme a theme. My country for a theme

I’m pretty much all about the theme.  I learned it from my mother.  You don’t just clean your house before a party.  You change all the light bulbs from 100w to 25w because it really is all about creating the illusion.  And with a theme it just looks like you are so much more pulled together than you necessarily are. When you have twins born the day before Halloween, I figure you have a built in theme every year.  So, whatever they chose to be for Halloween – poof we had a cake.  This year was one of my personal favorites.  They were supposed to be Grumpy and Happy from the Seven Dwarfs (I was the magic mirror – and I felt I was going to be seriously cool 🙂

Happy to be a pumpkin!

But then Eleanor derailed me and decided to be a pumpkin.  I don’t know why.  I’m not sure she felt a need to justify her reasoning to me.  Threw my theme for a loop.  But then it made me feel like a good mother when I let her out of the theme obligation and into the cutest pumpkin costume ever!  I feel like this birthday was well in advance of my experiments with fondant (therefore I cannot guarantee that the stem and leaves are not in fact play doh – actually looking carefully, that is definitely a play doh rolling pin to the right :-)).  It was also the first time I tried free hand drawing of a character.  I still love it!

Only downer of the whole event was that everyone kept telling Grace what a cute Santa Claus she was!  Hello . . . her hat SAYS GRUMPY!  She will actually get quite up in arms about the whole things still today.

  Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

Not a “yes, dear” sort of wife

When my husband told his dad he wanted to marry me, his dad wanted to make sure that he understood that I was never going to be a “yes, dear” sort of wife. I took it as a complement. At least he didn’t call me a b*tch :-). That said, I have found it to be rather annoying over the years when my daughters demonstrate their inheritance of that particular trait. Witness their 11th birthday sleep-over cake.  I don’t remember what the original sketch looked like, but I liked it and showed it to them expecting all sorts of oohs and awes.  (This is when my husband likes to point out that I don’t actually want anyone else’s opinion, I just want a rubber stamp of my good taste . . . duh?!)  Not what I got; I think Eleanor suggested I might want to check out a book she had on drawing faces and Grace decided that I needed to make each face representative of the actual child invited to the party.  SO MUCH HARDER . . .   And it was more than a little disconcerting seeing said children gleefully devouring their own heads a couple of hours later.  But, to give credit where credit is due – my girls’ ideas were right on the money.  That’s Eleanor in the pink sleeping bag on the left and Grace with the short hair and purple bag on the right.

ENJOY!!

A Little Mermaid in Your Life

This was my first attempt with gum paste.  I wasn’t sure what the right medium would be for all the sea and sand creatures, so I bought fondant, gum paste and marzipan.  I’ve never worked with modeling chocolate, but that is TOTALLY on the list – just need to convince my husband that what he needs more than anything for his birthday is a cake which allows me to express my love for him in modeling chocolate.   But back to the mermaid.  Everything is edible except the Barbie torso and head and I am only moderately scarred from frosting the naked Barbie boobies.  I made all the sea creatures, coral and sea shells the evening before so the gum paste (the final winner) had time to harden.  I do need to do some more tests on keeping the colors vibrant because they do tend to mute in the gum paste as it dries.  Even with all that done ahead.  It still took 1 1/2 to 2 hours to just assemble the cake.  Thankfully, it was very straight forward and we had no structure issues to deal with.  Plus the Birthday Girl was THRILLED!

Tanks for the memories

Ok – this was an AWESOME cake.  I earned so many Mom points for this one. And I totally winged it!  I felt like I really owed him a win after the cake collapse of 2008. (More on that later – suffice it to say — I needed to do some research on structure and karma).  I was called out by a friend on the fact that there were no in process pictures of my last cake– and how could I PROVE I really did it.  But there were no pictures of the cake collapse either and I admitted that one. But just for her, I am submitting the token – crumb coat in the fridge pic into evidence. Everything is edible except for the army guy.  I wanted him to look realistic and I am still at the level of Simpson looking molded figures – and I’m ok with that.  I was really happy with the gum paste that I used for the large gun and hatch.  The mottled way that it took the color as it dried, worked with the camoflauge look I was going for.  Boy child did not like the taste of fondant at age 7 – and even though it might have made the cake look better.   I was more interested in making the cake taste the way the child wanted it to.

Nailed it!

From the look on his face, I’d say I nailed it 🙂

Also, for me, no party is complete without the coordinating cookies.  The kids really love them, and I think they really add to the theme.  Plus they make ME happy.  They also make me have to exercies A LOT the week after a party.  SOOOO worth it!

Enjoy!

 

 

Feeling Pinky

Well, it started with my 7 year old wanting a “dog party”.  Which is fine, except I’ve already done a dog party.  Not as much fun FOR  ME :-).  Thankfully, as we browse the pages of Birthday Express, she decides that a pink poodle pajama party (ok I added the pajama part – I’ve done a regular party) is really the way she wants to go.  And it’s not that she isn’t a cuddly kid that wouldn’t love a regular dog.  But she is kind of a “jazz hands” type of girl and she needs a little pizazz with her parties.  She has also requested that I pronounce fondant the way The Cake Boss” does.  So it’s not just me with the issues 🙂  Thank god for Pinterest. Can you say INSPIRATION???  I have a whole little board full of ideas, some I’ve stolen from my Valentine’s board because hey, pink is pink.  And thankfully, most of the people invited to the party haven’t heard of Pinterest yet and I can get all the credit for not only execution, but the imagination too!


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