Archive for July, 2010

Here is what my daughter’s birthday cake ended up looking like.  Due to some family stuff that came up, I wasn’t able to be as OCD as I would have liked and the corner towers are not perfectly square and identical in size, but I am very pleased with the result.  And most importantly, MY DAUGHTER LOVED IT.  Actually she and her brother helped put on the life saver windows.  It is a little tough to see, but tucked behind on the right hand side was the tiara I made out of fondant and royal icing.  The Princess on top is made of royal icing and was drawn from a design by my daughter whose favorite stories all seem to involve a princess in the top room of the tallest tower (Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty especially).  I even tinted the funfetti cake pink and purple and alternated the layers to make it more interesting when we cut into it.  A perfect cake for a girly Princess’ birthday, and even her 14 year old brother (partially shown in the pic) was amused.

The Birthday Princess With Her Cake.


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Gloomy day today, so I am in the process of making some pita bread ( http://klutzychef.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/grilled-pita/ ) to go with the roast and veggies that are in my crock pot for dinner tonight.  Hopefully they last, but as I am craving pitas and the dough tastes so nummy, I cannot make any guarantees.

I have been playing with the royal icing designing the tiara for Lottie’s cake.  I am going to have to really crack down on it all very soon.  In the meantime there are all sorts of icing designs kicking around my kitchen.  Mostly of pink butterflies in matching with my current painting project.  (More on that later)

I should probably do some dishes.  Baking and cooking are my favorite activities that result in much time spent on my least favorite activity.  But instead of jumping into it, I am sitting her pretending things are clean.

So, that’s what I am up to today…if anyone is interested.

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Castle Cake: An Update

Well, our car has decided that it needs a bunch of work done on it.  That being said, I am going to change the design for my daughter’s birthday cake slightly to save money.

First: The cake will be comprised of two different sizes of round tiers instead of three.  I do not want to have to buy several new cake pans at this time if I can get away with just buying one.

Second: The sugar tiara will still be created but will be placed off to the side of the cake instead of on top of the second tier and wrapping around the third.

Third: The entire cake will be covered in fondant designed as a castle, rather than just the bottom tier.

Fourth: I will likely go without luster dust on the tiara and the “Sugar Charlotte” on the top.

Lots of changes but I think the overall appearance will come through better.  Plus, with a slightly smaller cake, there will be less cake to make disappear.  I know that I don’t need to be eating all that.  🙂

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