Great Green Globe-Trotting

Happy Birthday Lala! This was a special endeavor… Nick’s brilliance in cake creations really shone through with this one.  Since one of Lauren’s passions is traveling, we decided to go with the “globe trotter” theme, and no, not basketball.  Since Bri gave me the sphere cake pan for my birthday, we  did a full earth. Also, a plane that she would be “flying.” Anyway, here is the photo parade:

The plane was made out of a twinke and some oreo wafers… check out the wing design, very aerodynamic.

 Lauren’s face was molded out of yellow fondant, a red sprinkle (mouth), a yellow sprinkle (nose), a brown sprinkle (eyes, I think), and twinkie crumbs (hair). All in all, a good effort for Mk and Nick. 🙂

 The plane was green (L’s fav color), coated with frosting! Like the oreo propellor?

 Okay, Meg and I were working on the globe: Chocolate sphere covered in buttercream and blue fondant. This is Africa and Europe, can you tell?

The finished product! The white “x’s” are all the places L has been. She’s a travel bug. The white dots on the board are stars, and she’s flying through the sky.

Another angle:

 

 

 

The funny thing is, I freeze cakes for transport, especially since it’s so stankin’ hot here in the desert. Can’t go two feet without something meltin’ on ya (my dirty south roots comin’ out thur)… so I told Nick to put it in the freezer for a little while. Well I forgot to tell him to take it out the day of so it’d be defrosted when we ate it… And yeah, frozen cake 🙂 YUM, but difficult for poor L to cut up, especially a frozen sphere.

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Miss! U….

Oh dear, this was probably one of the more challenging cakes… After coming back from vacation/wedding weekend… I learned of a going away party for one of my friends at church, Kevin.

Of course, Bri asked me to do a cake… the idea? A giant golf ball, similar to the giant Cubs baseball that was made at Chris and Karen’s wedding, for the groom’s cake. (See older posts, Jan 2010, if interested)

She bought me a sphere cake pan for my birthday, so I thought, “why not?” And had at it… I guess somehow my afternoons were starting to fill up and I was trying to find some good dedicated cake time… ehm… yeah… and on top of that getting stuck at the car repair place 45 minutes away from my place for 5 hours Saturday morning didn’t help…

Both of my cameras sorta pooped out (battery and memory card issues, respectively) so I didn’t get a good photo of it… before THE INCIDENT… yeah… the one time I didn’t take a good photo… dun dun dunn….Transportation FAIL. The cake got a little dented as it rolled off its pedestal and… well, enough said. I can’t talk about it without tears in my eyes.

Allisence was generous enough to use her awesome photo skills to take a “what’s left” photo… so here it is:

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So, it was supposed to be a play on words, if you will. You can’t see the front of it, but, basically the grass is made of chocolate cupcakes… and in front of the golf ball is a brown strip of 3 unfrosted chocolate cupcakes, on which I piped (Miss! U…) as in “You missed the ball, and got a chunk of grass, and left a strip of dirt…. but we’ll also miss you.

I know, funny, har har har 😉 Another challenge was the dimples on the golf ball! This is seriously like 4-5 cups of batter… and a ton of buttercream in 105 degree desert weather. So, the dimples were definitely a challenge and I ended up using a random assortment of poking tools, from a wooden dowel to the end of a chopstick to the rounded end of a sharpie (not the ink side).

Anyways, I was already running late for the party, and halfway through got tired of doing the dimples, hence the “(golf)” on the smooth part. Okay, enough rambling, sorry for those who didn’t read the explanation, all you shall see is a dented golf ball!