And Cake Supplies I Couldn’t Live Without
I took a detour from my DIY home stuff this last week. We did some serious purging of a closet or two and I also had a cake to work on for the weekend.
So other than the purging I was not really focused on my home. I love cake decorating and since I don’t get a chance to do it as often, I am always excited when I can take time away to work on one. It’s really a nice change of pace.
This one I was working on was for my oldest daughter’s grade 5-6 teacher. I have been making cakes for her daughter since she was born, three years ago. And now I hear that I will have yet another one to do each year for them. Yay!
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This year she chose to do a Paw Patrol cake. I’m not completely familiar with Paw Patrol since my girls are now teenagers but she gave me an idea for what she wanted and I went with that.
The puppy on the top of the cake is a plastic figure. The rest of the decorations are made using homemade marshmallow fondant. I use this instead of other fondants because at least if you like sugar and marshmallows you may like this fondant. Others are… how do I put this… Blech!!
A lot of the cakes I end up doing are covered and decorated in fondant. It just has a nicer finish to it and I find it way easier to work with than just straight buttercream.
This one though I chose not to cover it in fondant so that I could mix the buttercream to get the pink and blue background. I wanted it to look more cloud-like than marbled so I figured this was the better option.
I think it worked out pretty good.
Oh yeah! And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about this cake since you will probably pick it out when looking at all the previous cakes I did for her.
I spelled her name wrong!!
With all the cakes I have done over the years I have always been so careful to make sure when putting names on cakes that they are spelled correctly.
I always double and triple check before I am done and they pick up. And you know what… I did that with this one also. But it was getting late and I had worked at my day job all day, then came home to work on this and was already really tired this week that I think the combination of things mixed up my brain for the night.
When she came to pick up she nicely pointed out the fact that her name was spelled incorrectly. AHHH! I felt so awful! Seriously I have done three previous cakes for her and always had the name right. Gah!
Luckily the cake was still cold from being in the fridge, so I was able to carefully remove two of the letters and switch them into their right place. Phew!
At least I had all the right letters on it, just a little mixed up.
So disaster averted and the cake went over amazingly!
If you have ever had the desire to decorate cakes and were scared to give it a go – don’t be. I had no real knowledge of cake decorating when I started. I fumbled my way through a few attempts with my daughters first cakes.
I then decided to take the Wilton courses that were offered through my local Michaels store.
And once I did those and got a good basic knowledge, I learned the rest of what I know though You Tube videos and a LOT of practice. Ahh You Tube and the internet… how did we ever live without it! Seriously.
Give it a go! It may be your new found passion.
Here are some of my essential go-to tools when making cakes. I can’t live without these!
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Look below to see all the previous cakes I have done for this little girl. And if you are interested you can check out all the other cakes I have done on my Flickr page or my Cake Charmer Facebook page.