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1  COOKING / Dessert / Minecraft Cake on: January 16, 2014 09:42:12 AM

I was not super happy with how this cake turned out, but my son really liked it, and that is what counts. This was for his Minecraft birthday party. I had a difficult time cutting the cake into a perfect square. That seems to be a continuining problem of mine. After a thin layer of icing, I applied brown fondant over the entire thing. We then cut out the squares of various colors of fondant and stuck them on the fondant underneath. I have noticed the Cake Boss uses a steamer to get rid of all the cornstarch that is showing, but since I did not have that, we brushed it lightly with water. It did leave water drippy marks on it though, so I might look at getting a steamer sometime in the future.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Cake for Oriental themed Birthday Party on: October 20, 2011 10:14:25 PM
For her 12th birthday, my daughter and I planned out an Oriental birthday party. She really wanted the cake to be a surprise, so I did not start working on it until she went to sleep the night before and then forbid her from opening the fridge before the party. I was really glad that she liked it.

3  COOKING / Dessert / It's Turkey...for dessert! on: November 29, 2009 12:19:56 PM
When considering what to bring to the family Thanksgiving party, my husband mentioned that I should bring a turkey cake.  Not like a living turkey though, like one that has been roasted to eat.  So along with apple pies and sweet potatoes, we brought along this baby.

Everything is edible.  The potatoes, carrots, and leafy stuff are all fondant.  Just like a real turkey with white meat and dark meat, the cake has white cake (white chocolate) and dark cake (pumpkin). To bad I did not get a picture of it cut.  Oh well.  I had a hard time getting pictures that showed it off, but when it was sitting on the counter several people had to be told it was a cake and not a second turkey, which was pretty funny.  
4  COOKING / Dessert / Strawberry Cake for my Strawberry Girl on: July 12, 2009 04:04:57 PM
My little redhead just turned 2.  It does not seem right, but there it is...  Anyway, she is an absolute strawberry thief and is constantly rifling through our strawberry patch looking for them.  What better to do than to make her a strawberry cake for her birthday.  The cake is a white cake, but the filling is homemade strawberry pie filling (made from locally picked strawberries from the you-pick-it farm).  I put fondant strawberries on top, because, well...they are cute and I thought that real ones might get mushy.  The icing is cream cheese icing, since everyone seems to like it the best.

The top

A side view

And the catastrophe that happened on the 1 hour drive, in the heat, with my 9-year-old in charge of it, up to the area where my family was staying...

At least it still had a nice top for candles...
5  COOKING / Dessert / Cake for a 9-year-old on: October 02, 2008 08:19:39 PM
So, it was my oldest daughter's birthday this past weekend. She had a sleepover party with her friends, and of course I made her a cake. Actually, this is birthday cake the sequel since I made an attempt at a mad hatter style cake which tumbled down during the night. Thank goodness I had made it the evening before and not the day of! I learned a lot of lessons on the mad hatter cake though in trying it, so I should be good to go on the next attempt. She loved this cake though, and her friends all thought it was pretty cool. Some of them thought it was a fake cake until I told them it was real.

6  COOKING / Dessert / Smash Cobbler on: July 09, 2008 04:25:42 PM
Well, this past Saturday my baby girl turned 1. That date happened to coincide with my extended family's annual camping trip to Bear Lake. It is a tradition that my kiddos have smash cakes for their first birthdays. In case you have no heard of this, it is a cake that they get all to themselves and basically get to make a mess with. Since we were camping, that rules out making a traditional frosted cake, so what is a mommy to do? My husband came up with the ingenious idea to make her a smash cobbler in a mini dutch oven. I made three large dutch oven cobblers so that everyone could eat some too.

Here is the finished cake, just waiting for us to sing happy birthday.

And here is my sweetie enjoying it.

The flavor was chocolate cake with raspberries. The big cobblers were chocolate with blueberries, chocolate with raspberries, and spice cake with peaches.

My husband wrote more about it here http://www.huntingthemuse.com/2008/07/bear-lake-2.html
7  COOKING / Dessert / My Pretty Daffodil Cake on: June 30, 2008 10:09:01 PM
I made this cake in April for my husband's birthday barbecue. He got an "official" birthday cake on his actual birthday that wasn't so girly. I am not that mean. The daffodils are all handmade with gum paste and they took slightly over forever to make. I believe there was around 30 when all was done. The stems are marshmallow fondant.

Without further ado....

And for fun, a picture that my hubby took of drying gum paste flowers in the oven.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Model Magic Clay on: February 01, 2008 09:29:36 PM
Okay, I know this is a long shot, but has anyone used this clay (it is made by Crayola) along with white glue. I am planning out my son's class Valentine's Day Party and thought it would be cute if the kids sculpted hearts and put magnets on the back. This would have to be done while the clay was not dry yet. I am thinking I will just have to try it myself. I know that craft foam will not stick with regular white glue, and the two things feel similiar.....hmmm.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Newsboy Help on: November 14, 2007 08:42:51 PM
Can anyone tell me where the larger size needles that are listed (I think it is 10.5) are used. In looking over the pattern, I only find where it says to use the smaller size, and so I am confused. I know this is simple, but I am feeling like a dork because I can not find it and do not want to go buy the needles until I know that I need them.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Carrot Costume on: November 03, 2007 02:35:53 PM
Again, this is in the costume challenge. But I guess I just wanna show off my cute kids.

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