Pegasus Party!

I promise to start blogging again! Several of you have let me know you miss seeing photos of all the cakes I have been working on, and you enjoy hearing the stories around them. So, I'm back!

This cake is totally worth it too! This was such a fun cake to make and birthday cakes are somewhat more rewarding for me, since most of the time I actually get to see people when I drop it off.  Wedding cakes are wonderful and beautiful, but except for the caterer, no one is around when I drop it off, so while I know the cake is beautiful, they always leave me with nightmares about all the things that can go wrong before the wedding party arrives. Yes, I do worry about those things! But I digress...

As I was saying, this cake was so much fun to make and Megan and her mom (Christine) were so sweet and so nice, it was a joy to work with them. Megan was turning 8 and she wanted a Pegasus cake.  Horses are notoriously difficult, but thankfully this one was lying down, and I spent a better part of 10 years drawing and studying horse anatomy, so I took a deep breath and jumped right in. 

Once I started on the wings, I knew this cake was going to be something special. I made the wing base out of gum-paste and hand-cut each of the countless little feathers out of rice paper.  I love how the rice paper is so thin and light!

The body was carved out of rice treats and covered with modeling chocolate. The head itself was all modeling chocolate, partially from a mold I made and partially hand modeled because the mold didn't work as well as I wanted. 

 The mane and tale were made using gum-paste, and all the little flowers were fondant, but the rest of the cake was buttercream.

When a cake comes together exactly like I pictured in my head (or maybe even a little better), I get a little thrill that always reminds me of Anne of Green Gables... if you have read the book, you probably know what I am talking about. Anyway, this is one of those cakes.  I am still the one who sees all the faults and the ways it could have been better, but I love this cake.  More important, Megan and her mom loved this cake, and really that is all that matters.

Happy Birthday Megan! I hope your birthday was everything you dreamed it would be and more!

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