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Fourth of July cake

This year, we spent the fourth of July with family and friends in Minnesota. Our wonderful hostess, Aunt Martha (not Martha Stewart, though she is just as creative and inspiring), elevated my red, white, and blue jelly poke cake with whipped cream frosting on a beautiful cake pedestal. The cake itself is served cold so it is a nice refreshing treat on a hot summer day. Here, I just did a simple decoration of alternating blueberries and strawberries. Next to it, you can see the result of poking then drizzling the cake with the red and blue jello.

Grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration

My grandmother turned 90 on November 2007! I was at a loss as to whether we should get a professionally decorated cake, or if I should make her one. Last minute, I decided to make her one as one of my gifts to her. Since we were expecting >220 guests, I decided to make her 2 cakes…one champagne shaped (feeding ~100 guests) and one full sheet (feeding ~150 guests). I used miniature champagne bottle candles to form 90 on the cake and placed a large champagne glass alongside them.

For the champagne cake, I baked nine 6×3 circles of carrot cake and ended up stacking only eight of them due to the weight of the dense cakes. For the sheet cake, I made even more carrot cake, the thinking being that if I made 2 different flavors, the guests would want to try both and that we wouldn’t have enough cake for everyone as a result… Besides, carrot cake is now my family’s most favorite cake and rightfully so! My late mother-in-law’s recipe is the best we’ve tasted thus far…

Here is a picture of my grandmother posing in front of the cakes.

lola 90th bday

Class-y cakes

After finally thinking and thinking about it, I decided I needed class…instruction, that is…

I took some Wilton courses at a Michael’s store and I was glad I did. They taught me some basics and helped me set aside time to practice using decorating bags, couplers, and tips. The best part was learning and then practicing the different icing methods on a plastic board. I would never do that alone at home given the other pleasant distractions, such as my son & husband.

Here are a couple of my practice cakes. I had my husband bring the cakes to work since we decorated a cake every week. Sometimes I brought in a cake or two for my co-workers. I wanted my wallet to pay the price of the class, not my thighs!

Eat MePractice 1Practice 2

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