Two little cuties, sisters born one year and five days apart, are having a birthday party today.
A while back, their mom asked if I would be interested in making them a “princess cake.” Said I’d love to on the condition that she bake it and I just decorate it, since that’s the fun part!
I used fondant for the bodice and big dots on the skirt, and buttercream frosting for the skirt and white trim. Not much room on the cake for a “Happy Birthday” message or spot for candles, but I did pipe their names and ages down at the bottom, below the swoopy white hem. I also arranged the dots in alternating columns of 4 and 5 (to correspond with to their new ages); I’m sure they’ll pick up on that symbolism…
Tip: when you’re piping something that goes all around the cake, e.g. an edge border, start at the back. It’s hard to make the start-end junctione as nice as the rest, so why not just hide it out back? Plus, you have a bit of space to “practice” before you get around to the front, i.e. focal point. Case in point: my white swoops… a little wonky in the back, but nice, loopy, and even by the time I got to the front.
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Two other cuties came to visit over Thanksgiving, my younger brother Al and his lovely fiancée, Mary (shown below with my older two, the ones who kindly put a barette in Uncle Al’s hair… to keep it out of his eyes while they read stories perhaps?)
Al and Mary’s wedding is next August and I’m making their wedding cake! Since they were in town, I wanted them to taste-test a recipe for the chocolate layer: Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. (Same recipe as my friend used for the AHG Sheet cakes.) Also wanted them to taste the marshmallow fondant, not on the whole cake, just as accent shapes…
So here’s Trial-Run #1.
Verdict: Yum! Since a certain barette-wearing uncle was looking over my shoulder, reminding me how hungry he was, I hurried and didn’t get the buttercream as smooth as I would’ve liked – I’ve been trying out the “Paper Towel Method” lately. And the top was so crooked. But lucky for us, wrinkles and slantiness don’t affect taste!
I think I’ll do a few more Trial Runs between now and August. I’m pretty sure my family won’t mind that idea…