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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!

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!!

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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