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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Cookie Monster turns 1!!

Well, I wouldn't be a very good mom if I made all the cool cakes for other kids, so I had to go all out for my son's first birthday. We came up with the Cookie Monster idea a while ago, but I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to go about making the cake. It seemed like a big endeavor to make anything more than a flat cake with a picture of the furry blue dude on it. But after a little searching was done to see how others have done Cookie Monster cakes, I changed my mind. If it had already been done by someone else, there was no reason why I couldn't do it also.
I have to admit though, I was a little nervous about it.

Lately I have been doing a little experimenting with cake flavors and needed to find a good lemon cake recipe. So my attempts at lemon cake did not go to waste. I made the base layer with one recipe, and the body was made with another recipe done in 2 more layers. And then, the head. I was a little worried about adding more layers of cake, as I didn't want his head to fall off in the middle of the party. I decided to take cue from a TV cake show and make his head out of rice krispie treat. It worked like a charm. Once his head was added to the top and the whole thing was iced with blue fur, adding arms seemed a cinch compared to everything else. Finish off with some chocolate chip cookies for effect and the end result was quite obviously the lovable Sesame Street character Cookie Monster.

I guess my only problem now is trying to figure out how to continue to top myself when my other son has his next birthday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Twilight zone

Remember when we were young, and we had a poster (or 7) on the bedroom walls, of that teenage heart throb that we just couldn't not get enough of? I was reminded of those times when I received the order for this cake. Kendra's mom and I were trying to get her to tell us what kind of theme she wanted for her cake. She had a look at my work and oddly enough chose a simple rectangle cake with pretty flowers on it. Her mom refused to let her settle for a pretty cake that did not let us see her personality.
Her heart throb of the moment happens to be the one and only Edward from the movie Twilight. His real name is Robert Pattinson and if I were a tween again, I would likely have a poster or 3 in my bedroom too.
According to her mom, the cake went over extremely well, and the girls were all "oogling" when they saw Edward on the cake.
Glad I could help make your party special Kendra.

By the way, I believe that my poster of choice at that age was The New Kids on the Block. Oh, to be young again...