Angry Birds Birthday Party

Long time no see.

I won’t give you a long, waxing sob story about why I’ve been gone so long. Pretty much, I’ve been lazy. Yes, yes, I know. I missed Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Star Wars Day. I’m sorry!

Kid turned 3 and requested an Angry Birds party. Sadly, we are past the stage where he has no interest in his birthday and I get to do whatever the fuck I want. Luckily, we are behind on the Angry Birds trend and we got most of the party supplies on the cheap.

So if you are technologically handy cap and behind on trends, unlike high school, this works to your advantage.

Cake!

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The cake is made from buttercream stiffened with meringue powder. I think it gave the buttercream a strange flavor so I’m not going to share the recipe. It was easy to worked with and the cake turned out much better than then Unicorn Baby Shower Cake fiasco.

Pizza! (based from a Pin by The Joy of Boys)

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A Little Decor!

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The cake stand that held the cupcakes and cake is from Oriental Trading Company. I decorated it to suit my theme. I was going to make my own but decided why not try this first. I thought for $10 if was worth a shot. Very sturdy and I am going to be able to reuse it multiple times (if not forever).

Most of the decorations are also from Oriental Trading Company. Except the balloons were from Party City.

And yes, those are all horribly crappy cell phone pictures. What? I’m the only one who runs out of time and barely has the last decoration up before people start to arrive?

German Chocolate Cake

Husband just turned 30.

For funnsies, I blew up 30 balloons, each with a note stating something I loved about him, and dumped them on his head.

And made him a German Chocolate Cake.

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German Chocolate Cake recipe from Brown Eyed Baker . I did use my own buttercream recipe, because I think it’s tasty. Not the prettiest cake I’ve ever made, but it was pretty damn good.

And, when Husband blew out the candles, there were thirty candles on the cake. With a fire extinguisher at the ready.

Unicorn Baby Shower Cake

Sorry for the skipped post yesterday. I’ve been doing a lot of painting, and not a lot of baking. But I have a few treats to catch you up on.

Have you heard of the Viva Paper Towel method of frosting a cake? It’s frosting, but it’s suppose to look as smooth as fondant. It creates a “crust” that you can use a Viva paper towel and paddle to smooth to a nice, even finish.

At least that’s the theory.

The recipe I had failed abysmally.

When I tried to smooth out the surface, the paper towel stuck to the frosting. After hours of waiting, it never crusted over.

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I tried the method on a very good friends baby shower cake. I was so upset the cake didn’t turn out how I envisioned. This friend is a fantastic cake decorator in her own right and she deserved a fabulous cake.

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At least the unicorn is adorable.

For this figure, I did use gumpaste as the base and wrapped fondant around it. I used just fondant for the hair, horn, and ears. I renforced the horn and ears with toothpicks. There are straws under him, in the cake, to keep him from sinking. I learned a lot from my first attempt at figures on the Team Umizoomi Cake and this little guy ended up being really simple to make. Still time-consuming, but not frustrating, like last time.

And the friend I made this cake for? She’s the one I gave frantic texts to when I was having issues with the above mentioned cake.

Here’s the part where I’m suppose to share the amazing recipe for crusting frosting with you, but I can’t. It didn’t work. And now that I’ve tried the method, I’m determined to find the right recipe. Stay tuned for more adventures using the Viva paper towel method of frosting.