So they all look like this when they're done.
After 60 seconds in the microwave, it looks nice and thinned out like this.
Then, I put on a different tip (#3) on my same pastry bag filled with buttercream...
We first got together to go over the game plan for the day. We had A LOT to do. The goal was to make a cake for Tanner's mom, Kim, who celebrated her birthday this week. You have to know that Kim absolutely LOVES mooses. LOVES them. So we made that the basis for the cake. It had to have a moose on it in some way. Kim also enjoys banana cake. So Tanner worked on baking a two-layer banana & chocolate chip cake. He took a basic vanilla cake recipe and added banana pudding mix to it. Mmmm!
While the cakes were baking and cooling, we worked on the moose. We found a picture of a cartoony-cute moose online and printed it out to the size that we needed. Then, I taught them how to color-flow and Tanner really did a great job (which you'll see later in this post).
After the cakes were baked and cooled, I showed Tanner and Jamie how to torte and frost a cake to prepare it for fondant. We used a cream cheese icing which tastes great with banana cake.
After the cake was prepped, we worked on the fondant. We all agreed that green would be a great color choice. Working in the food coloring can be pretty exhausting!
And a great work-out too!
And here's the beautiful Clare with her birthday cake. Happy Birthday, sweet one!
She requested a chocolate cake with buttercream filling and I covered the cake in fondant and gum paste. For those of you who have kids wondering if they'll EVER use math in "real" life, you can show them this cake. It's amazing how many times math came into the equation as I wanted equal spacing between the windows and the indents of the doors. My very supportive husband came to the rescue yet again. (And he TOTALLY knew what a Tardis was.)
And here's the birthday boy! I think it was a hit!
Congrats to Lisa's grandparents! What an inspiration!
The inside of the cake was filled with a semi-sweet chocolate ganache. I topped the cake with chocolate hearts and the #5 and I finished it off with a basketweave because their wedding cake was a gorgeous basketweave.
I'm going to steal Steve's wishes to his wife. Happy 5th Anniversary, you two! "Here's to 5 more!"