I was so happy to be able to do this cake for my friend's mom's 70th birthday. I love when someone takes time to celebrate themselves - well deserved! Happy Birthday Tita!
This was the first time I ever made Minnie Ears (or Mickey Ears) and the first time I ever made a fondant bow! All these years, and you'd think a bow would come up fairly regularly, right? Not for me - this was the first time I had to make a bow. And not just ANY bow, MINNIE'S BOW - which has a little more plump to it than a normal bow! I hope it did it justice :)
I did the best I could using the proper font for the words on the cake - I ended up free handing it onto the cake. That's always the most nerve wracking!
This was a co-workers weekend :) I received a request for cake pops and a smash cake from my training peer in the Oakland Fire Department, who's daughter was born 3 weeks before my niece. Then another co-worker requested cake pops for her niece's frozen themed party.
The cake pops were straight forward enough. Sparkling sugar on white candy coating. White and blue for the FROZEN theme, and a pastel palette for the 1st birthday party. The cake was also pretty simple, a small 6" round with some bundt flags, which I made myself! #proud :)
I love getting a glimpse of other people's themes for their parties. This time, an UNO first birthday party! The request was for cookies that looked like UNO cards. I used my DIY rectangle cookie cutter - I know, it seems ridiculous, but I think it actually is faster!
The UNO card is simple enough, but it translates differently onto a cookie... I looked online to get some inspiration, and maybe some pointers, but I only found a small photo of one that I kinda liked, but I still had to figure out how the different steps. Remember when I said I have a love/hate relationship with Royal Icing? Well, it was the answer to the equation of how to make the card work as a cookie- different royal icing consistencies.
There were three consistencies and also carefully selected tips for the best results - and by carefully selected, I mean my best guess!
PREP: bake cookies and outline using a template (see picture below)
ICING the cookie---
Step 1: White outline and oval
Step 2: Black outline of the number 1
Step 3: fill with color
Step 4: small white number 1
So all in all, after getting those steps straightened out, it really wasn't that hard after all - it was repetitive... and time consuming... but not hard. And of course I made time-lapse videos - to be posted later, of course. ;) Enjoy the slideshow!
Update April 29, 2015:
Here it is, the timelapse video of the cookies... So in the video it says that 52 cookies took about 4.5 hours to ice. What you didn't see was the time mixing the colors, organizing the piping bags, making sure we have the RIGHT CONSISTENCIES! so it did take a much longer time to complete these cookies than just the time showing the timelapse :)
AND the music on the video is from me and 3 other altos from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir that i've sung with since 2005! We covered the Jones Sisters' You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else for a Choir Showcase to raise money to go on our European tour this summer. I hope you enjoy!
Hi! My name is Olaf, and I like warm hugs!
Becca turned 7! She designed her cake last year, the Squiggly Heart Cake, and I got to design her cake this year! And I'm really proud of myself for making Olaf. He's standing on edge, and his arms and hair were made with fondant! I tried to do it with chocolate first, but then it got droopy... but it all worked out. And, I got the best compliment!