I’m just gonna say it. Straight up. This is the FIRST year I’m making each of my children a cake for their birthday!! (My son got one the first year I started making cakes… but my other kiddos got the shaft that year. *Hanging my head in shame.*)
Pathetic? Yes. Unfair? Yes. But in my weak, shallow defense… there simply was not enough time. I have four nieces who we celebrate with for EVERY birthday, and I just couldn’t make one for each of MY kiddos, and not one for each of my little beauty nieces! And with the amount of customers I was taking on… well, I just couldn’t make it work.
Yell, spit… you can even curse at me (just not out loud, and then no one will know… except GOD of course, but hey, that’s between you and Him ) for being such a negligent mom, I’m ready for it. But rest assured, the guilt has been punishment enough.
Well, times ARE a changin’. There have been some crazy, fun opportunities goin’ on ’round here concerning this little cake company, and because of it, we’re taking a bit of a new direction.
We are officially not taking on any new customers, and will instead be focusing on teaching and filming tutorials, writing books, maybe opening up a few time slots for private, online tutoring… and, of course, donating some cakes to some special little ones who could use a smile, along the way. (I’m really kinda sorta excited about this!)
And because of this new direction, I’ve decided it’s about time my kiddos got to have a little fun, too.
So put away your tomatoes, swallow that spit, and change your cursing to songs of praise (hee hee, *snort*) ’cause THIS mama’s ’bout to BRING it to her babies, yo!
And to kick it off, mah lil’ boy got the pirate ship cake being attacked by a giant squid that he’d been talking about! (Well, ok, MAYBE I suggested that the ship be under attack… call me crazy but I just had this nagging little hunch that he might find that kinda cool. Low and behold, he did. Who knew mom had ANY idea what “cool” could entail?
Right? SERiously. Duh?)
So, I’m hopefully redeeming myself… one giant tentacle at a time.
So here’re (huh! didn’t even know that was, like, a REAL contraction… but I digress) a few progress shots of the making of the “ship under attack” topper. I decided to go with rice krispie treats, modeling chocolate and royal icing for the water… all on a cardboard cake card so that we could save it afterwards and put it up in his room for a bit.
Everything used in the topper is edible, EXCEPT for the three wooden skewers (that were painted black with food coloring) holding up the sails, and the one sticking out of the front.
The sails are made with wafer paper, which you simply MUST HAVE AROUND THE HOUSE AND PLAY WITH SO THAT YOU CAN USE IT ON YOUR CAKES TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL AND COOL DECORATIONS AND LOVE ME SO MUCH FOR MAKING YOU BUY!!! (Shhhhhhh… why you shouting? Oh wait, that was me.) Well, anyway, the paper I use is right HERE, if you want a lil’ look see.
Soon, (AHHHH, I HATE that word!!) I shall have a modeling chocolate and a royal icing recipe up on my new recipe page that I’m planning on posting… if I ever get a chance to follow through on some of the bazillion promises I’ve been making you. (The tomoatos are back in your hands, aren’t they? I can smell them.)
Didn’t use any fondant or gumpaste on this one. Kinda crazy, huh? Yes, I must get you addicted to modeling chocolate, as well.
‘Cause that’s what I do. I bring you joy and life through new addictions.
And I run reeeeeeeeally fast from angry spouses. ;)