'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

from Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bring on the Ducks

I had a fabulous time teaching my son's 6th grade class about cake decorating today.  His teacher, Mrs. Fossum, was such a wonderful sport to let me come in and spend time with her kids. 

This is a picture of the cake before the class helped me finish decorating it.

Each of the kids in the class have one of these notebooks.  It says CAS Mrs. Fossums Class - Necessary Information for Success and Survival

The doughnut on this cake is made of gumpaste and it's my favorite part of the cake.  I also love all of the worms.  One of the kids told me the worms looked way too real to eat.
 Mrs. Fossum's amazing collection of rubber duckies was the inspiration for this cake.  The story behind this cake is pretty simple.  It's a section of the sidewalk outside of their school just after a rain storm.  The ducks have come to play in the puddles.  I spent a few minutes talking with the kids about the basics of cake decorating and what they had to work with and then I taught them how to make their own ducks.

 I was totally impressed by all of the kids in the class.  They did such a great job making their ducks.  It was so fun to see all of the individual touches.  We had ducks with big hair, hats, scarves, bows, even a duck with headphones.  I loved it.  
Everyone got to put their duck onto the cake.

I think the ducks look awesome!

This is a picture of the entire class with the cake that they helped to decorate.

Cutting the cake.  It was chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and oreo cream filling.  It was so good.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Butterflies for Sadie

The butterflies and ribbon are completely edible.  They are both made of gum paste.
Sadie's mom only had 3 requests for this cake.  She wanted it to be pink, white and it had to have butterflies on it.  The 6 inch top tier is lemon pound cake filled with alternating layers of lemon curd (an intense lemon filling) and lemon swiss meringue buttercream frosting.  The 10 inch bottom tier is a cream cake filled alternating layers of raspberry puree and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream frosting.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Apple Cake

Filled with chunks of apples and spices this cake is perfect for fall.  I frosted mine with a caramel swiss meringue buttercream but it would be fabulous with a cream cheese frosting as well.
I spent several days this last week making applesauce, apple butter, and apple cider.  You'd think I'd be tired of apples after all of that but instead I just wanted apple cake. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Captain Katelyn's 7th Birthday

Katelyn loves chocolate so I didn't mess around with this cake.  It has six layers of chocolate cake with alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate swiss meringue buttercream frosting and a single layer of oreo cream filling in the center.
These little treasure maps have 7's on them in honor of Katelyn's 7th birthday.  She chose brownie swirl cupcakes with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream frosting.
When I talked with Katelyn's mom about what kind of a party and cake she wanted, she told me that Katelyn was more of a pirate than a princess. 

The cake was made to match her cute little party invitations.