Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving. It’s up there as one of my top 3 favorite holidays- not only do we get a 4 day weekend, but lots of food and relaxation. This year I spent it at a potluck and was responsible for… you guessed it… dessert!

Just in case people don’t like pumpkin, I made some standby chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, with a Thanksgiving theme.

I liked the idea of replicating Indian corn with Jelly Belly beans. So here we are:

Add a few dried corn husks for a realistic effect:

 

I also liked the idea of mini-pie with M&M “berry filling.”

PipeĀ  a lattice with frosting, and add a decorative crust.

Many mini pies!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. šŸ™‚

Frank here. Frank Flamingo.

As you can guess, the theme of this cake was flamingo! We wanted to celebrate Megan’s birthday with a little joyful friend, Frank. I’m not entirely sure if they are her favorite animal, but somehow she’s associated with them; she has plenty of flamingo gifts, from a flamingo table to a moving flamingo yard decoration with Christmas lights attached. Anyways- we created a blue two layer cake covered in buttercream with a pink fondant flamingo and a bright yellow sun. Take a look:

The inside, of course, is strawberry shortcake:

Happy Birthday Meg!!!

Porker!

It’s a Luau! What’s the best part of a luau? The roast pig, of course. Bri was celebrating her birthday with a Hawaiian themed luau, complete with leis, grass skirts, and a real roasted pig. What’s better than one pig? Two! And one that is made of cake.

I snapped a few more photos of the development of this guy, as it was a massive cake. I started out with the basic shapes: basically a round “snout” attached to a half sphere tilted sideways for the head, and then a long body (which was a few 9″x13″s that I cut and stacked). The legs were just leftover pieces of the cut up 9″x13″s.

I started shaping at this stage to give it a more “pig like” look, and less of a cardboard box look.Ā 

I made some piggie colored fondant by mixing mostly copper food coloring with a touch of pink and brown into a fresh batch of homemade marshmallow fondant.

To make it more authentic, I placed Mr. Porker into a roasting tray.

Some details: a lei made out of assorted gummy items and fondant cut outs (the flowers) strung on a thread via a needle. The “grass” beneath the pig is sour apple sour straws that I cut up and fanned out. The “cherries” are cherry sour drops.

An upclose of his face. The “hooves” are pieces of chocolate square.

Pork butt! The tail is some lighter colored fondant.

The two pigs next to each other, about to get devoured. Eek!

Happy Birthday Bri!

Teen Line, this is Nitro…

When I wake up in the morning
And the alarm gives out a warning
And I don’t think I ever make it on time
By the time I grab my books
And I give myself a look
I’m at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by
It’s alright ‘coz I’m Saved by the Bell!

This is a throwback- remember the good ol’ days of watching Saved by the Bell and thinking Zach Morris was the coolest person ever? And high school seemed like some faraway land? Here’s a cake that was meant to bring back those memories while wishing Matt a very Happy Birthday! As an avid Saved By The Bell fan, how could I not choose this route for his birthday? And what is an item that represents Zach Morris? The gigantor cordless phone, of course. Here goes!

The cake: carved out.

The details: fondant buttons.

The big picture: a board with our Saved by the Bell Family.

A slice: vanilla cake and buttercream.

Up close: A personal message from the man Zach himself.

Happy Birthday, Matt! šŸ˜‰