Star Wars Birthday

One of the boys in my son's Cub Scout pack was celebrating his 7th birthday this week!  I had so much fun making this cake. I even got to use my recently acquired lego block making skills again!

For this cake I made 20 light sabers (in blue, green and red), which was lots of fun, and even though you can't see it very well in the picture, they were even sparkly. The challenge on this cake was definitely the characters. They are so hard to get right!

I still am not entirely happy with either one, but they were pretty cute and my 8 year-old son thought they were pretty awesome. Whenever I do a cake for a child, he helps me out by critiquing my work. If he likes it I know not to be too hard on myself. I can be a pretty harsh critic and I see all the little flaws in everything I do... which causes me to stress out sometimes. 

Kids cakes are lots of fun to do though!  I get to play and have fun and although I still try to make everything perfect, I think I enjoy the process more than I do with wedding cakes. But I guess that really depends on the design; some are definitely more stressful than others.

All in all, this was by far one of the most fun and satisfying cakes I have done in awhile. I added glitter and sparkles, and I just couldn't help but love it in the end.

So, Happy Birthday Nick! I hope you had a great birthday and I really hope you loved your cake.

Lego Cupcakes!

This week my baby boy turns 8! Wow... 8 already. Time sure does fly doesn't it? I definitely think that is a concept that you truly do not understand until you have kids.

Anyway, at this moment my son is totally obsessed with Legos, all kinds of Legos.  So after changing his mind multiple times, he finally decided that this year he wanted Lego cupcakes.  I was going to make a small cake for him so we could put his candle and stuff on, but one layer of cake came out looking very much like a cupcake, so he decided he wanted it to look like one giant cupcake!

I went into this project thinking... Legos, no sweat! How hard can it be to make a brick with little buttons on the top? Wow... I had no idea. I have made a lot of cakes and some super complex things to go on them, but after 4 hours of work and only one brick to show for it, I was beginning to wonder if I had met my match. I started out making a mold of a Lego thinking I could just make them out of poured chocolate. It worked great... once. After that I could not get them out of the mold without the little buttons on the top breaking off.

After several different attempts I finally settled on a technique that was actually not too difficult and turned out pretty well, at least good enough to recognize! All the bricks were made out of  modeling chocolate, and I made some in blue and some in chocolate brown.

I was originally going to make a mini figure to hold the candle on his cake, but he decided he wanted a tower of Legos instead, score one for mommy! 

All in all, I think they came out pretty well, and he is happy so that is what really matters. Happy birthday to my not-so-little boy! Mommy and Daddy love you very much and we are so very proud of you!

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