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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: How to Train your Dragon 2 headed dragon cake on: July 28, 2010 10:24:45 PM
Did you carve out the cake or have some basic shapes that you got from pans?  I'm super curious!

I started by drawing a picture of the dragon from the angle I wanted it. Then my husband scanned it at his office, and blew it up and printed it out to the size I wanted. Which was HUGE!! I then laid it out on my table and laid wax paper over it and formed all the body part separate using my drawing as a guide for scale.

I used 6" rounds for the heads. Each are 2 layers. I froze them and then carved them. The eyeballs are MMF painted then I laid the skin over the eyes and made cuts in the skin so the eyes showed under. The heads are gluten and casein free (wheat, oats, barley, rye, and dairy free)

The necks, legs, and tail are rice krispy treats that I formed. As in I had crisco'd hands and hot RKT and just compacted and added and compacted and added and shaped as I went.

The body is actually 8, 10" square cakes. I froze then stacked them 3 high with 2.5 cakes per layer stacked offset like bricks. Then I started carving the cake.

The wings are gumpaste that I shaped and let dry over curved flexible cutting boards.

Once I had all my pieces I laid them all down and then rolled out one HUUUGE piece of MMF and covered the entire cake with one piece of fondant (minus the heads), and then used the remaining fondant to make nails and spikes.

It was a multi-day, multi-step process. My son is already plotting his next birthday.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: How to Train your Dragon 2 headed dragon cake on: May 20, 2010 05:21:55 PM
Thanks again everyone!! I made the wings out of gumpaste that I dyed blue. I just rolled it really thin and then free formed them and cut away the excess to get the shape I wanted. I then placed the gumpaste wings on their own flexible cutting board and then placed the cutting board on top of a small tupperwear container so that the cutting board curved over the container from the weight of the wing. I left it to dry just short of a week... They were nice and rock hard come time for the party.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: How to Train your Dragon 2 headed dragon cake on: May 11, 2010 08:12:30 PM
Thanks Everyone!!!

Flower -- it's super super simple to convert normal frosting to GFCF. I have a recipe on my blog www.archibaldfive.com basically it's just powdered sugar, shortening, and this version I used OJ (fresh squeezed) for the liquid. You cream the shortening, add in powdered sugar, and then the OJ until it's the consistency you want... If I want plain buttercream I add vanilla and coconut milk (so delicious brand). For berry frosting I juice from freshly juiced berries... the possibilities are endless. My typically eating friends loooooove my frosting. Seriously I put left overs in a container in the fridge so people can just eat it with a spoon... Or at our girls night we will dip apples in the berry frosting, or top brownies with it....

4  COOKING / Dessert / How to Train your Dragon 2 headed dragon cake on: May 11, 2010 06:19:55 PM
My son was turning 6 and long story short he has autism. For years birthdays have been torture when he was 5 he decided they were okay, but still tolerated it didn't get all into it like most kids do. When he turned 6 this year he was AAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL about the birthday. He was very very specific that he wanted a "blue 2 headed 2 tailed zippleback dragon cake" from How to Train your dragon. Birthdays have never been fun so when he asked I jumped. The cake was almost 5 feet long. When we lit the candles the paper caught on fire. It was awesome. He loooooooved it. Here's a few pics but you can see the process here http://archibaldfive.com/?p=1236

Oh and my boys are all gluten free/casein free so the heads of the dragon were GFCF and the body was normal cake. The hungry hoard of kids slaughtered the cake in about 10 minutes including the rice krispy treat appendages. It was a HUGE hit.

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My sons Anakin #3 costume on: October 21, 2007 09:03:54 AM
Hey, my son is going to be "evil Anakin" (as he calls him) too!  Your costume looks great.  I've got to finish his pants then he'll be all set.  I was just going to use some leftover black pleather from last year's pirate costume to rig up the outer belt and if that doesn't work, I'm going to get a regular leather belt from the thrift store and just cut it down to size.  His little sister is going to be Princess Leia (his choice, she's still too young to care)!

Too cool! We figured out the arm glove thing. Borrowed some women's black leather gloves from a relative and I am making a cuff for his arm that will go over the glove and will sew detailing onto it!!

My son wants his little brothers to be storm/clone troopers - Never can remember which are for the dark side. LOL My youngest was yoda 2 years ago. Made his costume, and crocheted him a hat with yoda ears. It was the cutest. :0)

Make sure you post pics of your kiddos! I know I'd like to see them all dressed up!!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My sons Anakin #3 costume on: October 20, 2007 05:35:54 PM
THANKS FOR GREAT FEEDBACK EVERYONE!!! He is SOOOO excited to wear it to school for his fall festival next week!! His buddy from next door was over when he was trying it on and he was just shocked that I made it and kept saying how awesome it was. Made my son feel very cool. He keeps telling people "she made it one 1 day" -- proof that it takes me way to long to finish projects for my boys I guess. LOL!!

That looks better than most pre-made costumes I've seen.  You did a beautiful job.  Did you make the shoes too?  Are the shoe covers, or a full shoe?

The "boots" are just covers. We have some other random costumes I purchased 90% off from previous Halloweens in our "imaginative play" box. (We have 3 boys who dont play dress-up cuz "dress-up" is for girls... so they have imaginative playtime. LOL). So I just used the idea of how those were made and sewed him some. They turned out better than I thought they would. :0)
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Baby Elvis Costume on: October 19, 2007 07:57:42 AM
soooooo cute!!!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My sons Anakin #3 costume on: October 19, 2007 07:43:05 AM
My son said he really wanted to be Anakin from Star Wars #3. He brought me all his toys and had his dad show me pictures for reference. We saw a costume at Target for $60 and I just couldn't pay that. So here's what I came up with for him. It cost me a little less than $10 and took 4 hours from start to finish -- that included sketching a pattern and cutting everything out. My son is THRILLED. A glove and outer belt are in the works but not sure exactly how to do the belt at the moment.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: What dad can say no to his girl? Hot pink doll closet. on: August 08, 2007 03:22:19 PM
So cute!!! There is NOTHING better than homemade toys.

My Grandpa made me a hot pink barbie closet about 20 years ago. He bent hangers out of wire as well. He mixed the paint himself even. Once I got tired of it as a closet it had a rope tied around it to make it an elevator (rigged a pulley system on my bed). Needless to say, 20 years later one of the few things I kept of my childhood toys was that closet. I still have 3 of the hangers. Unfortunately I have 3 boys, and no girls to pass it on to. Maybe I'll get a neice eventually. :0)

Great JOB!!!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Star Wars **Death Star Pinata** on: July 29, 2007 06:22:01 PM
Thanks for all the comments.

To make it so round I used a punching balloon and tucked the tied nub in as well as the nub that you put the rubberband on. It made a perfect circle. :0)

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