Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fish Bowl Cake

I had need for a fabulously decorated cake this week, and felt inspired to make this one. The idea was borrowed from a Women's Day Cake. I loved the idea in general, but wasn't interested in using goldfish crackers on a cake, so I used gumdrops, for the most part. I did learn that I dislike the precolored fondant- something I'd never worked with before. No matter what I tried, it dried out really fast. The blue was mixed with white fondant, and for some reason that helped it stay moist. Anyway, here's my fish bowl cake that I got WAY carried away with decorating. But I love scuba diving and it just became a reef without even planning for it to be.

 Sea coral, sea sponge....

 Coral, sea fan...
 Sea snail....Did I mention I had way too much fun with this??

 and the one fish trying to get away.
My kid's can't wait to "dive" into the cake this weekend! Who could blame them??

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rainbow Cake

Love Bug was invited to a St Patty's Day party and I volunteered to make a rainbow cake. I ran across THIS
rainbow cake on Martha Stewart's site one day and wanted to make one. I just needed the right occasion. I liked that it was layered and that each layer was a different color- not the usual "drop color" idea where you color the batter and then drop the batter by spoonful into the pan to get a mottled rainbow.

I was making this cake for tots, so I didn't want it to be too large (read: so tall that they'd have to have a big piece and get so sugared up they'd never take their nap), and I was also pressed for time. I used a box mix which was *just* enough to make each layer. When I make it again (and I will :), I'll make it from scratch and the layers will be thicker and easier to work with. These layers were pancake thin.

For the decorations- Skittles were used for the rainbow. They didn't have the pack with blue in it at the store I went to, and I never made it back out shopping to find one.
The cloud is made of extra large marshmallows. I sliced the ends off of three of them.

So there it is!! My rainbow cake.