I got really busy last week and let everything else in my life slide away. Two of my sons had birthdays, Ches and I had our 16th anniversary, and I hosted an end of year party for the winter guard I coach. Somehow I got it into my head that I was going to make super awesome cakes for my sons and the guard girls (Ches and I share our anniversary with one of the birthdays, so we don’t tend to make a huge deal out of it). I did research and picked out what I was going to do. No problem, right?
Let me make something clear: I am not a baker. I am not a cake decorator. I have never been trained. My husband took classes in high school and actually knows a thing or two, but he was busy with work all week so there was no way he was going to help me.
Thankfully, I have friends. One friend, in particular, who volunteered to help me. She helped me figure out what to buy and how much and when I should bake what. Then she came over and helped me decorate. While I made marshmallow fondant and colored frosting, she carved and frosted. I made shapes out of the fondant and added finishing touches. I made cake pops and dipped them in chocolate. She did most of the hard work, really, and gave me the credit.
It took an entire week to make it all, but it was worth it. Everyone loved everything!
This is Collin’s Cars cake. Which he loved, but mostly because he wanted to play with Mater and Lightening McQueen. 🙂 The cake is lemon with butter cream frosting.
This is Dallin’s Lego cake. It’s a Devil’s Food chocolate with buttercream frosting and marshmallow fondant. The most fun part of this cake (for me!) was going to the Lego store and building the Mini Figures myself. Did you know you can do that? 3 for less than $10! They have a giant bin and you pick out legs, a torso, a head, hat or hair, and an accessory. The Lego Store worker was very helpful as he searched in the back for the orange construction torsos and the safety hats for me. He even found me the tools. Dallin is very excited because he got new Mini-Figures to play with in addition to an awesome looking cake.
Lastly is the Olaf cake. We had a Frozen sing-along party for the winter guard (we set up a “screen” in my backyard, and watched the movie, singing at the top of our lungs!) and I had to go all out with the theme, of course. This cake is also Devil’s Food with a buttercream frosting. Olaf, his cup, sunscreen, and beachball are all made out of marshmallow fondant. In addition to the cake we had a chocolate fountain and chocolate fondue (the girls all brought food to dip: marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, iced animal cookies, pretzels, animal crackers, cinnamon bears, and pineapple), and lemon and Devil’s Food cake pops. Believe me, we all had a chocolate hangover the next day. I’m only sorry I didn’t get a picture of the food table.
Now, I know not everyone has a friend they can just call over to do favors for them, and I know how hard it is to do this yourself. So I’m going to let you know about my friend so you can hire her! Her name is Kim and she’s awesome. You can find her on Facebook at Kim’s Great Cakes or her website by the same name, Kim’s Great Cakes. All her cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, and cookies are delicious. I have helped her with a few cakes and such over the last few years, and I know she works very hard. She does weddings, birthdays, teacher luncheons, all kinds of special occasions… Go check her out.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, we still have a TON of cake to eat, and I’m kinda hungry…