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Day 18 AEDM: Photo Prints

Remember how I said I was putting together a collage frame for my MIL?

Yesterday’s “art” was to get the prints ordered. Just wanted to show a screen shot to prove that I’ve done it!

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Last summer, I turned 25 on the 25th of July. My “Golden Birthday”. To celebrate, I invited dozens of friends to a “Quarter-Life Crisis” party that would last the entire weekend. Naturally, no party would be complete without a CAKE!

Since it was for my own party, I used this opportunity to try my hand at making a two-tiered cake! I had never done one before, but my mom gave me plenty of tips and tricks to get started. I had also never experimented with fondant, so I did a little research and gave it a whirl.

I created a two-tier “funfetti” cake with classic white buttercream icing. I created green, orange, and pink fondant polka dots and a pink fondant bow.

Here I am piping the bottom border on the cake.

Here is the final product:

And here we are, celebrating!

(Until I saw this picture, I had no idea I blew air out the side of my mouth like that…weird!) :)

Oh, Boy!

My sweet friend Cindy Beall asked me to make a baby shower cake for her sweet friend Kyndal who was (and still is!) expecting her first child. I was told the colors of the baby’s soon-to-be bedroom, and I decided to make a two-tier chocolate cake with classic white buttercream and orange and blue decorations.

I offset the two tiers to give the cake a little flair and stuck to a stripes and polka dots theme. The final result:

I outlined each circle and filled in the shape with stars. I then piped a row of beads around the bottoms and tops of each tier.

I used a star tip to jazz up the writing. Yay! It’s a Boy!

I used the same star tip to pipe vertical stripes in blue, and then added orange stripes using a classic straight tip.

Okay, Baby Boy Braly. Your mommy got her cake and a fun shower. It’s time for you to make your big appearance!!! ;)

In Search of Cake Eaters (Part Two)

Roger found me through my future MIL, Robin’s, blog. His youngest son was having a Kung Fu Panda party and they were in need of a cake. I jumped at the opportunity (I haven’t done many cakes for kids), and started scheming.

I wanted it to be quite different from the cakes you see in a store’s bakery case. Otherwise, what’s the point in having a custom-made cake?!

While I began sketching out design ideas, Roger and his wife Shelly set out to find the perfect Kung Fu Panda cake topper/action figure. Surprisingly, THAT was the most difficult part of the whole process! In the end, Shelly triumphed and found the most perfect Panda!

I wanted to experiment with Candy Melts, as I had read they are quite versatile (and taste good, too!). I got the idea to make ‘bamboo’ out of pretzel rods and Candy Melts and then add fondant leaves. Whenever I make a cake, I do everything I can to make sure that it’s nearly 100% edible.

The near-final result:

I used the candy-covered pretzels to make different lengths of “bamboo”, piped some jungle grass around the bottom perimeter and added fondant leaves here and there.

Their son loved his cake (I have seen him once since his birthday, and he greeted me with, “Hey, you made my birthday cake!!”) and Shelly snapped the following three photos (Thanks, Shelly!)

Doesn’t the Kung Fu Panda figurine just make the cake?!

Shelly and Roger, thanks again for the opportunity! Your son’s cake is one of the most fun cakes I have made this year! :)

Clownin’ Around

In my first cake decorating class, we learned how to do ‘figure piping’. This is a technique you can use to make all sorts of 3-D things out of frosting: animals, fruits, flowers, and (shown below): clowns!

For our second class cake, we were shown how to build up icing to make figures. We all purchased plastic clown toppers and then used icing to make their bodies. While it wasn’t something I normally would’ve thought to do, the cake did turn out pretty cute.

I made a 6″ two layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing. Because the cake was a smaller size than usual, it seemed “cuter” than it might have if the clowns had been on a big cake.

As was the case with many of my cakes, I gave this one away to friends. (I can only eat so much cake myself!) :)

A Tisket, A Tasket

Last fall I took a cake decorating course to spruce up my skills and learn some new skills. One of my favorite new piping techniques was the “basket weave”. For our final class, we created a two-layer oval cake. We then used classic white buttercream to cover the cake in basket weaving and ‘rope’ borders.

After the base was frosted, we decorated our cakes with royal icing flowers we had made the week prior. I used a combination of gerbera daisies and apple blossoms (my favorite flower to make out of icing).

The cake was then delivered to my friend Mikie’s wedding shower. Gerbera daisies are her favorite flower, and I thought the cake would be a nice way to celebrate her upcoming wedding. Even though it was a ‘classroom cake’ (and therefore my first attempt at many of the techniques), it impressed Mikie as well as the guests at her shower.