Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Caked out! Happy Birthday Blondie!


My little Sister is turning 20 today (!!! . . . whatever, your a baby still Blondie! . . . she's the only blond in the fam . . . hence Blondie . . . moving on . . . ) So I happily volunteered to make her a cake . . . I have been up since 7:30 baking and decorating but I am pretty darn happy with the end result!!!
Today was a good example of the mishaps that occur when I make cakes . . . oh the things that we learn! Lesson 1 . . . just because it sounds/looks easy in a cake book does not mean that it will be easy to make! But every experience teaches us something so today I learned much!
Lesson 2 . . . working with melting chocolate leaves me and everything in my kitchen chocolate coated . . . Lesson 3, cans of air now have a lovely bitter taste added to them to prevent people from huffing (did not know that) hence when I was being brilliant and following the example of the food network chefs utilizing canned air to cool my chocolate . . . I was actually flavoring it with a lovely bitter taste! Thank heavens I didn't do all of the chocolate at once . . . but a few people may not love the taste of the dark chocolate on their butterflies! (By the way the can did say it is safe if you ingest it . . . but utterly nasty tasting! Calm down . . . I got rid of most of it! ;)
I couldn't find anything in my kitchen either so, innovative me used a mixing bowl instead of my turn table to decorate the cake on . . . and I used gummy bears under the butterfly wings to give them lift since everything else I placed under them moved and made wings flat!
The cake turned out super yum-e! (thanks everyone for your brilliant ideas!) I used a chocolate bundt cake recipe that had chocolate chips, sour cream and pudding in it for both the cake and the cupcakes. They turned out moist, a bit denser than box mix cupcakes and just a delight! We'll see what the birthday girl thinks about her cake! Alright I am off to de-chocolatize myself! Happy Birthday Ami! (Love you lady!)
Oop and here is the Birthday girl herself . . . wearing the kickin' scarf we gave her! Hot pink fits her personality! Look at those baby blues too! Ami you are awesome! It was a great party!

11 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow, you rock in cake decorating! Happy birthday to your sister!

Deb said...

Spectacular cake - very artistic! I bet it taste as good as it looks! Hope your sis had a great b-day.

Kristen said...

Yummy! I hope I am one of the lucky people who gets to eat some of this cake. See you tonight.

Jenny said...

Cute Cute Cute! I love your butterflies I bet your sister was sooo happy with your beautiful cake. What a sweet sister you are! I've got to go try those butterflies!

Pam said...

How sweet of you to make such a wonderful cake for your sister. My daughter would love all the butterflies. Nicely done.

Prudy said...

Look at you! You did phenomenal work! Those are amazing. Lucky lucky sister!

Deborah said...

What a gorgeous cake and cupcakes!! I love the butterflies!

Maria said...

Look at those butterflies! They are perfect! Your sis is a lucky gal! I hope she had a great birthday!

hot garlic said...

I'm so impressed with your skill! My cakes tasted AWESOME, but look like crap! I'm just not a decorator!

Those butterflies are just darling! This looks like it took you days upon days to do.

RecipeGirl said...

CUTE butterflies. How creative you are!

Brandi Parry said...

Em, your darling butterfly cupcakes tasted just as wonderful as they looked! you are so talented! Now, I may need a Batman and princess cake for my kids birthdays!! ;)