2 Chix in the Mix

January 30, 2010

It’s a Topsy-Turvy Groovy World!

My neighbors asked me to make a cake for their daughter’s 12th birthday.  I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m a little out of sync with the tweeners.  It seems that the 60s groovy theme is back.  (I missed it the first time!)  Bright neon colors, flowers and peace signs were the requests.  Gabrielle is all about the flower child.

Myrene and I wanted to tackle a topsy-turvy cake.  Since my neighbors are kind enough to allow me to use them as guinea pigs we thought we would take the opportunity to make Gabrielle’s cake “a little off”.

The process was a little nerve wracking when it came to stacking the second tier on the first.  But it was easier that I thought it would be.  Funny how new things intimidate you for no reason.

The cake is vanilla with vanilla buttercream and fondant accents.  It weighed as much as a small child, really it did.  We estimated it at around 25lbs.  Now, that is a lot of cake.

January 18, 2010

Heather’s Purse

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Tomorrow is Heather’s birthday.  She’s my oldest at the ripe old age of 24.  I asked her a few weeks ago what she wanted for her cake.  She said anything I wanted as long as I use that really fluffy icing.  Oh man, I wish she hadn’t asked that!  The first and last time I made that icing it gave me fits.  I just couldn’t get it smooth.  We all loved the taste but it really bothered me that I couldn’t get it right.

Well, I surprised myself this time.  Evidently, I’ve learned a thing or two in the last few months.  I can work with this icing.  It still isn’t my favorite but I don’t think I’ll avoid it any more.

So here’s a couple of my first.  First sculpted cake (I know it isn’t very sculpted but it still counts!) and my first purse cake.  Not too bad I’d say.

January 9, 2010

Fighting Camel Birthday

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Have you ever met someone and known instantly that you would like them?  I “met” Wendy on the phone a few weeks ago.  We’ve had quick phone conversations and hurried meetings a few times since but I finally got a few minutes to talk with her tonight.  And, I was right.  I do like her, she’s my kind of person.  Anyway, tomorrow is Wendy’s birthday.  She’s a graduate of Campbell University and will be starting pharmacy school there later this year.  She’s so excited!  Wendy’s cake reflects her pride in her school and her accomplishments.  Happy Birthday Wendy!

Hey, does this cake look big?  It is a little oversize.   It is a 12″ 2 layer pound cake.  The cake required 2 recipes of the pound cake and 3 batches of buttercream.  I think the cake may weigh 10 lbs!

January 5, 2010

Two Cakes on a Three Dog Night!

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For those of you who haven’t noticed, it is freezing here – literally!  It has been extremely cold for the last few days and will be the rest of the week.  So, what does this have to do with cakes?  I was working on a fondant cake tonight and my kitchen got too hot so I opened a window.  It was 20 degrees outside and I had a window open!  My husband was huddled under a blanket on the sofa while I worked.

The first cake is for my Bunco group tomorrow night.  It is a triple chocolate cake.  Hope everyone enjoys it.

Then, my second cake was for a birthday.  The Birthday Lady enjoys traveling.  I kept thinking about the Dr Seuss book “Oh, the places you’ll go”  but I just  couldn’t make a Dr Seuss cake for an adult.   Here’s my grown up version. 

You can’t see all of the writing around the cake but I bet you can fill in the blanks.

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