I made this cake for my littlest boys fifth birthday. The base is a 9x12 cake, with an 8" cake cut into a ring. For the 8' cake I used a German chocolate round that I had in the freezer. I should have made it pound cake too. It was way too soft. The planet is two cakes baked in the Wilton soccer ball and a 9" cake between them. I used my favourite sour cream pound cake recipe and added some cake sprinkles to give it that funfetti look. The frosting is sour cream and the fondant is homemade marshmallow fondant. It tastes so much better than the cardboard stuff that Wilton sells. And it is fairly easy to make. I used it to make the lustre dust stars on the base too.
The sugar ring was fun, I broke it taking it off the mold but it still looked pretty impressive and it was great fun to crack before cutting the cake. My dh and older boy made the astronaut using fondant and a glow in the dark Frankenstein figure.
I loved making this, it was definitely the most challenging cake to date! Only my second time with fondant. Nest time I will make sure that the frosting underneath is the same colour as the fondant. The tears would have been much less noticeable. But the birthday boy liked it, so I am happy with it too.
My youngest son requested a yellow submarine and octopus cake for his birthday last week.
It was my first time working with fondant and well....it could have been better. Those sea stars covered up a multitude of sins! I really had a good time with the fondant. I'll have to get some more practice, I can see now why it is so popular. I used Wilton ready made, but next time I might try making my own. I had originally wanted to cover the cake in a white chocolate ganache but it just would not set up! So on with the fondant. I had the cake assembled and poured the ganache, when it didn't set I took the cake apart, scrapped the ganache off and started rolling fondant. The fondant was a better colour anyway!
The whole thing took about 24 hours. It was totally worth it! I used the Magnolia Bakery cake recipe so it was tasty too!
By the time the party started it was starting to sink a bit in the back from the weight of the layers. It would have been fine if I hadn't had to take it all apart to put the fondant on. I knew there was no way I could roll a sheet big enough to cover the cake in one piece.
How's that for a title! I wasn't sure where to put this ( housewares? sewing?) I think it fits best here since it is for a kids room. I made this for my son when he was a baby and have just rehung it in his new room. It's sewn entirely by hand from wool felt and done in my lap, mostly in the semi dark. It runs the length of his bedroom door. There is a gnome, a possum, lots of ants and bees, an owl and a swallow. There are also two acorns, placed to represent the respective heights of my son and his brother on my sons first birthday. I really loved making it.
My youngest son and I made this little toy this week since everything else was rained out and we were stuck inside.
First we made a big sheet of felt and then I cut it into fish shapes and sewed magnets and backings on them. He helped my cut out a circle for the bag/pond and helped tie the fishing rod too. It's a fairly simple project, felting within a frame (like a baking pan) is great for little kids, they love to bang away at the felt and the pan gives it a little bit of structure and allows them to see how the felt is coming together. I let him use a dull darning needle to run the stitch along the edge of the bag, he loved it!
It was fun and it kept us all entertained for most of last week. And he gets a new toy to boot!
My oldest boy turned 10 the is weekend. All he really wanted for his birthday was a mexican sugar skull cake. He made me a drawing and I did my best to replicate it in cake.
The bottom layer is two tiers of Pumpkin Chocolate Thunder Cake ( I started with the recipe from southern living and made a few changes) with cream cheese frosting and chocolate ganache. The top tier is rice crispie treats covered to look like cake. The pillars ( bones) are coloured gum paste and white chocolate. I made the sugar skull with a mold from www.mexicansugarskull.com We have had the molds for years but I have never used it as a cake topper. I also used some white chocolate and candy molds to make skull shaped lollipops that I decorated to look like mexican sugar skulls. There are lots more photos of the party and the cake on my blog.
It sounds complicated but is really pretty fool proof! That chocolate ganache cover a multitude of frosting errors! This was one of the most fun cakes I have ever done and it was a huge hit with the birthday boy. We have a serious peanut allergy so we make nearly everything from scratch. I'd love to hear your comments.
He's knit in the round and then fulled and mounted on a dowel painted black. He is decorated with fabric ribblons made from some totally cool Alexander Henry fabric. It looks like regular old bandana print untill you get up close. Look! skulls! Tied onto the ribbons is a collection of random buttons, belle, beads and other fabric trims. He makes a very satisfying sound as he's carried around. He is stuffed with plastic grocery bags. My favourite thing about him is that he is made from things I already had in the house!
He a Spring gift for my oldest boy who has loved all things skull and ancient since birth!
This is from a Craftzine pattern in cotton instead of the recommeded wool. Left me with bloody fingers! It's worth it though, I just think it is too cute. He's an egg on oneside and turned inside out it's a chick! Also makes a great hand puppet in chick form. My boys have been having a grand time turning it inside out. There is a little more info on my blog ( link in signature) He was a quick knit and mostly fun, except for the raw spot on my fingers. In wool it would have been much easier! I am trying to use what I have on hand so he is knit with yarn from an old cone of Elmore-Pisgah cotton, and stuffed with shredded plastic grocery bags.
ok, the unicorn image is not the best in the world, but for my first felted soap attempt it came out pretty well. It was part of a birthday present for a six year old who loves unicorns, thus the Unicorn Music CD. I tried to get some angelina fibre to imbed but it didn't really work. I think I need to use more and integrate it into the roving much better.
At last a way to use up the tonnes of soap bars around here!