Early November, my sister flew me out to Florida to bake cakes for two different parties (note to anyone flying with cake decorating equipment–they will open up your toolkit EVERY SINGLE TIME, and if you're lucky, they won't accidently open up a bottle of dark green gel and let it leak all over the rest of your colors. Next time it'll go as carry-one luggage).
My sister's kitchen is even smaller than mine and I wasn't looking forward to trying to put out three cakes with limited oven space. Luckily, one of her friends offered up her kitchen for my use… she has TWO kitchens in her house! And one of those kitchens has a double oven too! I want her house, and if I can't have it, I want her kitchen–both of them–moved into my garage.
I ended up with four cakes at the end of the afternoon. One to be dropped off at my brother-in-law's office, one for the birthday dinner that night, one for my niece's birthday party the next day, and one more for my brother-in-law's big party the next week (freezers are such handy tools). I didn't bother photographing the first two as they were rather plain cakes. Just chocolate cake, chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting, and chocolate ganache.
My niece was having a small fashion/spa party with her friends, so I had to have a somewhat sophisticated looking cake with lots of girly stuff thrown in. If I were doing it for myself, I would have stopped at the pink top, white sides, and black trim… and the shoes.
The cake was a success, thankfully. The crown and shoes were metal Christmas tree ornaments that I found at Hobby Lobby. Perfect for the party theme.
Yeah, I really like those shoes.
The final cake was for a party the next week. My brother-in-law is a big surf freak, so there wasn't much to choose from in the design. The surfboard and trees were from a Lilo and Stitch deco kit, and everything else was either frosting or brown sugar (which makes great sand).
The wave technique was an afterthought and now that I have time to think about it, I should have worked some light shade variations into it before adding the white surf. It's a chocolate cake with a dark chocolate ganache filling. Our surfing doc is a chocolate freak… when he allows himself a chance to indulge.
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