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1  COOKING / Dessert / R2-D2 Cake and Droidlets on: January 28, 2010 11:17:18 PM
Okay, so I just posted the blue lobster cake my son wanted for his birthday. That was only one of two cakes I made for his birthday last year. We had the lobster for the family b-day/Easter gathering, but the kiddo had a Star Wars party with his friends, so I borrowed my friend Rachael's totally awesome R2-D2 pan and went to town.

Rachael, by the way, has used this pan for other designs. I know she used it for a rocket cake a couple of years ago, and who knows what else. She's a mad genius! Me? I just made the droid.

And then, because it was going to be a huge party and I always worry about running out of cake, I make two dozen Droidlet cupcakes.

They are not the droids you are looking for, but they are tasty!  Tongue
2  COOKING / Dessert / Blue Lobster Cake on: January 28, 2010 11:03:02 PM
Last year my little boy turned five, and for reasons known only to him he announced that he wanted a blue lobster cake. Absurd, tricky, and slathered in blue icing. This was totally up my alley.

After a bit of doodling, I figured out that I could do it with two standard round cake pans. I froze the cake after baking it so it would be easier to cut, and it still started to fall apart on me.

First, I cut very skinny moon-shaped slivers off the edges of one round, then trimmed the slightly lobster-head-shaped piece into a slightly more lobster-head-shaped piece by giving it a pointy little lobster nose. Then I trimmed roughly two-inch pieces off each end of the skinny moon-shaped slivers to make the lobster claws. The middle of the slivers became the lobster's little arms.

For the torso, I basically cut a big football shape out of the other round, but left a smaller football shape attached perpendicular to one end for the tail. Then I whacked the trimmed pieces from this round into shapes that were more-or-less little rectangular legs. Very scientific. I trimmed the pointy end of the football piece flat and did the same to the back of the head, and pieced the whole thing together. I had to hold the legs on with toothpicks, then stick it back in the freezer for a bit before I could ice it.

while it was freezing, I iced the cake pan just for the hell of it, because I had two tubs of vanilla icing and I figured one dyed blue would be plenty. When the cake firmed up I applied the base coat...

Then used blue and black gel for the details.

So there you have it. One blue lobster cake, and my first Craftster project post!
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