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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Animal Crossing Cake on: November 17, 2014 12:18:26 PM
Wow!  How adorable, and the details are amazing!
22  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Spooky cake for my son's 2nd birthday on: November 17, 2014 12:10:24 PM
Wowza, this is incredible! I'd be putting those bears on everything I made, and forcing everyone I knew to admire them forever! ~___^

Hahaha, well that would make Thanksgiving Dinner a little more interesting.  Cheesy

Wowza!!! This is a work of art. How could you ever cut into it??

I was reluctant to make the first slice, but cutting it was probably the least stressful part of the day.  Chasing a 2 year old around a pizza arcade while simultaneously trying to throw a party for him is exhausting!

Thank you both very much!
23  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Turkey Cookies on: November 14, 2014 12:16:14 PM
Aww, I love them!  You and your kids did a fabulous job!   Smiley
24  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Spooky cake for my son's 2nd birthday on: November 12, 2014 12:32:42 PM
So, full disclosure, I totally just threw my arms up in the air Rocky style and screamed in my living room. (I'm a dork).  Thank you so much!  Cheesy
25  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Pokemon ready to battle birthday cake! on: November 03, 2014 09:30:23 AM
That is so cute!  I bet he was one very happy 7 year old.  Cheesy  It sounds delicious, too!
26  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Spooky cake for my son's 2nd birthday on: November 03, 2014 09:20:26 AM
Thank you so much!  Grin
27  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
28  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!
29  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Wild West Birthday Cake - giddyup! on: November 01, 2014 08:07:28 PM
That is adorable!  Awesome job!  Grin
30  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
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