40, Fore, and More
So I know I haven’t been on here in a while, but I have some good reasons you see…this is the part where I make excuses for not blogging and your mind starts to wander a little and you lose interest, so I am going to fast forward to the end…and finally we are back
in our house in Greenville. I have had the opportunity to make a couple cakes for non-family members and these cakes stressed me out! Don’t get me wrong I loved every minute of it, but the anticipation of someone I have never met eating my cake was enough to give me some gray hair. Yes, I know I already have a lot of gray, but that’s not the point.
So let’s get down to it and check out these cakes I made. The first one was for a 40th birthday party, my first “stranger” cake. The cake was supposed to look like a gift wrapped in a bow. I thought I would use modeling chocolate for the tops of the gift boxes and the ribbon. The order called for a gift tag also, so I made one out of sugar paste, dusted off my calligraphy skills and used black food coloring for ink. (I must say, I am not too bad at the calligraphy). Anyway, here is my 40th birthday cake.
The next was for a first birthday, and the theme of this one was golf. I felt I needed to get some inspiration for this cake by playing 18 holes, but my wife game me enough inspiration by having me run to the store, so I had to go off memory. I took a plaid design for the bottom tier and topped that tier with green fondant. I decided to create a 9 hole, non-playable, course on top of the bottom tier. I used golf balls to elevate the middle tier to sit over the course. On the middle tier I used green fondant and green icing to simulate grass, then made the tees, clubs and balls out of modeling chocolate. For the very top of the cake I made the replica golf ball out of cake and fondant and the club and flag out of modeling chocolate. Again, dusting off the calligraphy, I wrote the happy birthday greeting.
Next, I made a cake for some dear friends who are leaving for Korea. He is in the military, so
I decided to make camouflage fondant to cover the top tier. I wanted to do something signifying them going to Korea, so I made a Korean flag and an American flag out of fondant. In the middle I wrote out goodbye, literally translated “to see you again,” in Korean. I placed what I call a tent and a Korean palace on the top. I get the fact he isn’t going to live in a tent, I just had a lot of green modeling chocolate to use.
I also had the pleasure of making a cake for my nephew’s fifth birthday. I called him and asked him what kind of cake he wanted, and here is what he said. “I want a chocolate cake, with dinosaurs.” “Ok,” I replied. “Then I want a volcano.” “Ok.”
“And trees.” “Ok.” “And dinosaur eggs.” “Dinosaur eggs, got it.” “And I want water where the dinosaurs can drink.” “Ok.” “And I want dinosaur bones where they died.” “Dead dinos, got it.” “And I want people and a sky and clouds.” “I’m not sure the sky and clouds will fit,” I told him. “Do what you can.” he replied.
So here are some more cakes, hope to get a few hits from this posting.