We had another birthday in our family this week. Can you tell what the theme was? When Emma told me she wanted a princess cake I went to Pinterest for ideas. There are tons of princess cakes to look at, but most require a higher skill level than I possess. One thing most of the cakes had in common were ice cream cone towers, some more elaborate than others but they do make a cute castle. So, I used ice cream cone towers to make a pink castle. I wanted to add a princess somehow so off to Zurchers I went to find a cute cake topper. I only found Little Mermaid and Tinkerbell.The pink castle idea didn’t really work for either of them – on to plan “B”. I didn’t have a plan “B”. I stood in the girl party aisle trying to think while my kids ran up and down the aisle. I found the cute princess cutouts in a package of confetti, perfect. I taped on a toothpicks and we had princess cake. Now if getting the balloons had been that easy. We experienced helium shortage first hand, but we did find balloons.
Did you see this fun cake idea in the Parade (April 28) section of the paper?
So cute, I had to make one too. My kids and I had a great time making this Fish Cake for Rachel’s first birthday. Parade has great instructions here.
The article subtitle says, “Believe it or not, everything you need to make this amazing cake is at your grocery store.” Sure enough a visit to the grocery store and the pantry was all we needed to make this cake. We had a great time at the bulk bins picking candy that would match purple frosting.
Birthdays are very celebrated in our family. We have celebrations with my family and celebrations with Patrick’s family. This means that I get to make two cakes for Savannah each year. As these celebrations were drawing near I went through some very tough decisions like what kind of cake to make? How am I going to decorate it? Cakes should be decorated for birthdays in my opinion. So, I began to think. I’m not sure what made me make this decision, but I made it, I wanted to decorate cake with fondant. I have never played with fondant before, ever. My knowledge of fondant included: It looks really cool on cake, my father says it tastes nasty, and you can mold it into many different shapes. I decided to dive right in anyways.
I got the bow assembled without too much difficulty. The candy melts did harden a little faster than I would have liked for the initial layer of ribbons, but it turned out pretty well for my second attempt. Definitely better than the first loopy-bow attempt.
I got the bow on the cake and to the party, almost in one piece. I learned just how fragile fondant can be as well. I had a couple of my ribbon loops break as I put it on the cake. Good thing I had a few extras and lots of candy melts to “glue” them into the bow. From the picture no one can tell I had to perform surgery on my bow at the last minute. I received a lot of stares from the family with, “you made that?” I keep reaffirming their suspicions that I am crazy.
Parties were fun, but it sure is nice to have them done. I have put the fondant away for a while, I would like to go back to doing more sewing and spending time with my sweet little birthday girl.
What you need:
- color book picture of your design
- piece of glass
- wax paper
- food coloring
- cake with a flat top
- basic decorating tools (decorating bags, #1 decorating tip very helpful but not necessary. Baggies with a tiny snipe of the corner will do)
- Moey’s Heart & Hearth cake tutorial. She has great pictures and step-by-step instructions. She taught me so I’ll let her teach you too.