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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hoodie for Archie on: November 02, 2014 12:52:54 PM
Aww, he is too cute!  I love the pointy hood.  If I had seen your dog on Halloween, I would have thought he was Link from The Legend of Zelda. Cheesy
12  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Spooky cake for my son's 2nd birthday on: November 02, 2014 12:42:31 PM
Thanks y'all!

It was tough to make the first slice, but after that I was over it.  It was sad to discard the decorations, though.  But I kept my little bears.  They don't have any icing or glue on them; they were just placed on the board.  I don't know what I'll ever do with them, but I just couldn't bear (ha!) to throw them away!
13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Wild West Birthday Cake - giddyup! on: November 01, 2014 08:07:28 PM
That is adorable!  Awesome job!  Grin
14  COOKING / Dessert / Spooky cake for my son's 2nd birthday on: November 01, 2014 08:02:47 PM
Here is the cake I made for my son's 2nd birthday.  Cheesy  His birthday was actually October 30, but we had his party today.  I was inspired by many different cakes, but the overall design is my own.  It's also worth mentioning that I chose to make bears because we call him Little Bear. 
(detailed description below photos)

The whole cake!

He's 2!!

Spooky name plaque!

Vampire bear - my favorite.

Mummy bear - he took the longest.

Ghost bear.

Here are all of the details, in case anyone is interested.  Smiley

Inside each tier is three layers of pumpkin cake made from fresh, roasted pumpkins that I pureed - yum!  The layers are filled and coated with a generous amount of milk chocolate ganache.

The outside of the cake and the board are covered in homemade marshmallow fondant.  (By the way, if anyone has any tips on making homemade fondant, they would be greatly appreciated.  I used a recipe from Craftsy, and while the final product tasted much better than the store-bought stuff, it was super difficult to work with).  I used a mixture of black icing color and vodka to paint the ombre effect on the fondant, as well as the spider webs and the string for the bunting.

All of the decorations were made using a mixture of gumpaste and fondant.  Each candy corn on the bunting was colored individually using edible markers.  His name was also drawn with edible marker, and I added some dimension to the pumpkins by using color dust.

What a long winded description, but there were a lot of details to cover!  I loved doing this for him though.  It was very much worth the many hours it took to complete.  And it's great practice for me, too!

Thanks for looking! Grin
15  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Scooby Doo Cake on: October 30, 2014 10:33:42 AM
Thank you both so much!

Her Mom (it was a little girl's birthday, not a boy...oops) said that she and everyone just loved the cake and that it tasted delicious.  Here is the recipe I used in case anyone is interested.  It will be my go-to for white or vanilla cakes in the future:  http://addapinch.com/cooking/the-best-white-cake-recipe/
16  COOKING / Dessert / Scooby Doo Cake on: October 25, 2014 10:30:02 AM
Just dropped off the Scooby Doo cake I made for a little boy's birthday.  Three layers of six-inch vanilla cakes frosted with chocolate ganache and decorated with fondant accents.  Each cake layer is a different color (orange, blue, and green) so it should be lots of fun to cut into as well as eat!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Candy Corn - knitted to celebrate the fall holidays on: October 07, 2014 07:37:56 PM
I hit "This Rocks" too.  I love this!!  Grin
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Kitty in Winter on: October 03, 2014 10:34:13 AM
I love that you chose to do the colorwork with beads.  It is so beautiful!  She will love them, I'm sure!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Garland with Ghosts, Witch Hats and Brooms on: October 03, 2014 10:31:01 AM
That is super cute!  I love it!  Cheesy
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Accidental Slouch, Or How I Knit Kyokuro Boushi With The Wrong Yarn on: October 03, 2014 10:29:27 AM
Yep, definitely a happy accident.  I love everything about this!  Great job  Cheesy
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