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11  COOKING / Dessert / The Great Wedding Cake Adventure (Updated with pics of the actual wedding cake) on: July 25, 2010 01:04:29 PM
So my baby brother is getting married in 3 weeks.  2 weeks ago my sister and I were chatting with our awesome SIL to be and she told us that, because it was so expensive, she was going to forgo having a wedding cake.  Well, we couldn't let her go with out, so even though neither of us has ever done anything of the kind we volunteered to make her a wedding cake.  Shocked

She wants chocolate cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing.

So first we made a test cake.  We made the top 2 tiers.  There wasn't quite enough batter so it's a little short.  And we were experimenting with the dots.  There is obviously room for improvement.  The taste was awesome though.  We used Smitten Kitchen's chocolate cake recipe.  It has both cinnamon and chocolate in it. We filled it with raspberry jam. Yum!



And we baked the whole thing for a wedding shower yesterday.  We learned a lot from this cake.  1. ribbon covers a multitude of cake sins. 2. bulging filling is a pain 3. coloring icing is a pain, thankfully the actual wedding cake will be white.
I think we may need to change the sizes of the tiers to get more difference between them.



Any advise, comments or suggestions would be welcome.

****UPDATE****

Well the wedding was this weekend and it was wonderful.

I was really happy with how the cake came out.  It gave me a few heart attacks, but was ok in the end.

First I want to that everyone for their encouragement and help.  The link to cake central was especially helpful.  I lurked around there quite a bit and learned a ton.

I torted each of the layers because the cake I made for the shower seemed to need more filling. I couldn't use jello in the filling because the bride is a vegetarian and dosen't eat gelatin, so we stuck with straight raspberry jam.  This is the top tier.  It's a 6" cake.  
Leveling is hard and the wilton leveler sucks.  I wound up mostly free-handing it with a big bread knife.

On the way to the wedding location the bottom tier slid about an inch off of it's cardboard.  It was crazy hot here and we tried to keep it cool, but I guess it warmed up a bit too much.  I tried to fix it, but was just damaging it so I gave up and called that side the back.  If you look you can see it in one of the pics.

These are quick pics taken with my phone.  There were flowers added to the top and a few to the side of each layer, but by that time I was running to change clothes and get my dd (a flower girl) dressed and ready, so I'll add pics w/ the flowers when someone e-mails them to me.

So here you go.


see the cardboard?

and the front


And the finished thing.  Pic stolen from my sister.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Dresses and a Mei Tei on: July 16, 2010 04:48:03 PM
Thanks Y'all!  I love putting DD in clothes I've made.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Ruffled Baby Bloomers on: July 15, 2010 08:42:47 AM
Love them.  I've really got to get a pattern and make some of these before DD gets too old for them.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dresses and a Mei Tei on: July 15, 2010 08:36:42 AM
Here are a couple of dresses I whipped up for DD recently.

This is from Burda Burda 9879.  The pattern is sized HUGE.  This is a 9 month size (DD is 2) that I lengthened and took an inch of width out of each bodice piece. The blue tier is added too.  The white part is about 3 inches shorter than the original pattern. (I guess the pattern maker has never seen an actual 9 month old)



This one is a lengthened Burda 9708 and has a ribbon hem a la the Lazy Days skirt pattern.




close up of a ribbon scrap



This is a Mei Tei I made using the Ball Baby Overall directions for my cousin and his wife since they just had their first child.  They're natural, crunchy type people so I appliqued a tree.  



DD and I had to test it out.  I've really got to make one of these for me to keep.  I've made several, but keep giving them away.



15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Safe Use of Sling Carriers for Babies on: March 16, 2010 01:14:15 PM
Yes!  I'm actually impressed that the government warning is as good as it is.  I was expecting a much more vague warning or a blanket statement that all slings are dangerous.

TheBabyWearer.com has lots of sling safety links right at the top of their home page right now. http://www.thebabywearer.com/  The Babywearing Safety group on facebook has pictures of real mamas wearing their babies to demonstrate safe positioning.

I would also caution people against the use of "bag slings" as it is basically impossible to safely position a baby in one, even carefully following the manufacturer's directions.  IMO they should have been pulled from the market years ago.

Personally I avoided cradle carries all together.  I much preferred the tummy to tummy carry.  I found it easier to get a safe position (chin not resting on chest and no fabric in her face) and easier to check on her.
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: cloth pads=happy period on: March 08, 2010 12:07:44 PM
I'm a convert.

I made myself several cloth pads using some flannel I had lying around from other projects and cut up an old bath towel for the absorbent inner layer.

I love them!  SO COMFY!  I've abandoned tampons completely.  I've also noticed a reduction in cramping.  With the exception of the 1st one I made that had 3 layers of cut up towel and is pretty bulky, my pads all have a single layer of towel and 4 layers of flannel.  I haven't come close to leaking through one yet.  My stash is pretty sparse right now because I have trouble sitting down and making several of anything at one time.  But every period I make myself a few more.  

On washing, I don't rinse or soak or anything.  I just toss the used pads in my daughter's diaper pail (we use cloth for her too) and wash with the diapers.  That means 1 cold cycle with no soap and 1 hot cycle with soap then dried in the machine.  After we're done with diapers I plan to keep a small pail in the bathroom and wash the pads either with towels or in their own very small load.  I honestly don't care if they stain a little since I'm the only one who will ever see them.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Adorable Matching Dresses for Sisters on: March 02, 2010 03:56:31 AM
So cute!  The pocket pals are just precious.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I've Gone Skirt Crazy! (pic fatty) on: February 28, 2010 01:27:32 PM
Thanks everyone!

The cherry print is my favorite most days too.

She loves her hi-tops and rocks them regularly.

The skirt for my friend's daughter was too big.  It was falling off, but she wore it over her pants for most of the party.  So it went over well.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The last of the super hero capes! on: February 27, 2010 06:28:38 PM
65 yards?!  I am in awe.

That 1st action shot is so stinkin' cute it hurts!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crayon Wallet on: February 27, 2010 09:48:15 AM
Thanks! We tried out the first one I made at a restaurant last night and it was a hit with my 2 year old.  DH and I got to finish out dinner mostly in peace.

I saw something similar but couldn't find a tute.  I found several great tutes for crayon rolls, but none for something like this that held the paper too.  So I figured it out.  I'd be happy to share if people are interested.  I want to make another one for my purse since this one is so much better than the 1st one.  It won't be till Sunday afternoon or so till I can get to it though.
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