Sweet 16!

My friend's daughter turned Sweet 16 the other day (stay off the sidewalks!) and she asked me if I would make her cake (of course!).

She wanted a bikini cake and I convinced her to let me do a bikini on the beach...


I am quite happy with how the sand turned out (graham crackers and chocolate chip cookies thrown into a food processor). 



Happy Birthday Brooke! I do hope you like your cake!

Fixing a store bought cake... wreck

The last cake I posted was for four people, one of whom is my son (he had the Angry Bird). Today he turned six, and although we did celebrate earlier with the previous cake, he needed a cake on his actual birthday too. Unfortunately we were out of town on vacation until yesterday, so I did not have time to make him a cake. So, I ordered one from the grocery store. Sad, I know. He had fun picking out the cake from the book though, so I thought all would be well... until I saw the design he picked (Wall-E). I desperately flipped through the book looking for an acceptable alternative because I knew there was no way they would pull it off well.  But no, that was the one he wanted, so we ordered it.

All in all, they didn't do too bad, and if I wasn't such a Cake Wrecks fan, I wonder if it would really look that bad to me, but...


All I could see was the large piles of poo with rabbit pellets all over the cake.

Something needed to be done to keep me from thinking about poo when looking at his cake!  So I whipped out my fondant and made some blocks of "trash" (which by the way, is what the large piles of brown frosting are supposed to be), and set those on top of the large areas. That was an easy fix, but what to do about the smaller, rabbit pellet-like piles? I thought and thought and couldn't think of a good solution but then I found some larger sprinkles and picked out the green ones... we are going to pretend this is from the end of the movie and the plants are starting to make a come back! 

So here is the final, fixed version:


Not perfect, but at least it is better. When it came time to serve the cake, what was my son's favorite part (besides the toys)? The fondant "trash" I added. That made me feel pretty good.

Happy Birthday to my big boy! Mommy loves you! Next year, your cake will be better.

Celebrating Multiple Birthdays!

Challenge time!

This month we have four birthdays in our family: My husband, our son, our daughter, and my niece. For the first time since our daughter was born, we will all be together and I thought it would be fun to celebrate all the August birthdays with a cake. The challenge is, how to represent each person on one cake without making it feel like I dumped everything but the kitchen sink on the cake, or making it so generic that it could be for anyone?

Here was my solution:


One cake, four toppers! The topper balls are all rice treats covered in almond modeling clay and then covered in fondant. 

Let's take a peek at each one, shall we?


 First up is the one for my hubby! This is actually the first cake I have made for him since I really started doing cakes, so I wanted to so something special for him. The octopus is his favorite animal, so I decided to do an underwater scene.  The rocks are all fondant, as is the octopus and seaweed.

 Next is my son. He is turning 6 this year and he is absolutely addicted to Angry Birds, so I decided to surprise him with the Red Bird.  He loved the bird, but he insisted that I add the yellow bow on top (I believe the red bird that takes you to the Angry Birds Store has a bow), so I dutifully complied.


 Next is my daughter, who is turning 2 this year. She was harder, because she isn't really attached to anything, but she has recently discovered Blue's Clues, so I decided on that. Blue has a completely different shaped face than the shape I had to work with, so it didn't come out looking like Blue, but it is a pretty cute blue dog.

 Last but not least is my niece, who is turning 12 this year. She loves ballet and recently acquired her black belt in karate! I thought it would be fun to do something that put those two things together for her.
 So happy birthday to my dear family! I love you all and I hope you enjoy your cake!

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