Monday, August 23, 2010

My cake was a success!

I did it! I made the Diego cake!

I went to a local craft store last week, one day after work, and found a Diego candle, some jungle animals, palm trees and a few frosting colors that I didn't have. (Note to self: next time buy jungle animals from the dollar store. LOL!)

On Saturday morning, I baked a white 9 X 13 cake and left it to cool while I ran errands. That evening, after an impromptu dinner out and a trip to walmart, I got to work on the cake. I had gone to the Wilton website and got the recipe for Butter Cream frosting and used that. It was much easier to decorate with than canned frosting and withstood the heat, while driving to MIL's house, much better than canned has in the past. And it was so EASY to make! I think this will be my new decorator frosting. I thought about posting the recipe, but don't know if I should, so if you want it, just go to the Wilton site and look for the recipe. It was pretty easy to find.

First, I crumb coated the cake, then let it chill for a while. I have NEVER done this before, but it made such a difference, that I will definitely do it from now on. After the cake chilled for about 30 minutes, while I sat on my rear doing nothing, I frosted the sides in white, then I started coloring in separate bowls. I used medium green, dark green, blue and dark gray.

I was so please with the results. Here is it. There are 3 palm trees on the cake that are hard to see because of the wood table. It is a little messy in spots, so ignore those.
MIL asked if I bought it at Kroger. I laughed. I don't think Kroger sells cakes in 30 year old Tupperware cake takers. She loved it. Everyone else love it and Theo just loved it. He, of course, wanted to eat it immediately

After singing Happy Birthday and Theo blowing out the candles, Theo said, "This cake is yummy."

Ahhhh.....sweet success.

(I want to make another one now. The next birthday is not until September, though.)

18 comments:

Annie Jones said...

I love it, too!

Erica said...

Too cute! Great job.

Frances said...

Thanks, Annie Jones and Erica.

slugmama said...

The cake loooks awesome!
It's no wonder you ARE the family cake maker. ;-)

Frances said...

Thanks, Sluggy. I really do love decorating cakes. I can let out my creativity a little.

SonyaAnn said...

It is perfect!!!!! And don't forget my birthday is in December!
I made a boy part cake once. I bet you never would have guessed that one or maybe you would have!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, of COURSE I would expect you to make a boy part cake! LOL!

When I was in college, my sister was working at a bakery and made a boy part cake for me to take back to campus with me one weekend. She said it was her revenge for having to make female torso cakes all the time. LOL!

Jill said...

This cake rocks! i love it! Love the tupperware carrier too LOL. Have a great week.
Blessings,
Jill

Queenie Jeannie said...

WOW!!!!!!!

This is fantastic!!!! Great job! I can't do that sort of thing at all, so I'm in total awe!

Frances said...

Thanks, Jill and Jeannie, for your comments. I think my head it swelling.

I bought that cake taker in college and plan to use it until it breaks. It may outlast me. LOL!

McVal said...

Awesome! You very well might have missed your calling!

spaghetti0625 said...

Looks yummy! Any leftovers? :)

Frances said...

Oh, McVal, thanks for the nice comment.

I have been decorating cakes for years, but I would not want to do it for a living. Or for other people than family. My family is always in awe. I am afraid other people would be too critical and see my mistakes.

Frances said...

Hi, spaghetti0625. There WERE some leftovers. Meredith took some home and we brought a couple of pieces home. Hubby put them in the freezer and I am having one after lunch today. Yummy!

SonyaAnn said...

So would you rather have a girl part cake or a boy? I'm thinking both!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, I am thinking I don't care what part the cake looks like as long as it is yummy. LOL!

Together We Save said...

Wow - I am impressed!! I love it! So cute... I have made a few cakes in my day but they never looked this good!!

Frances said...

Thank you, Denise! I am ready to decorate another one. I think I will become much more adventurous in my cake decorating now. Though we have been pretty creative in the past.

Maybe I will go dig up some past cakes we have made and post them just for fun.