Monday, August 2, 2010
Boots the Monkey and Football Birthday Cakes
I had a busy weekend. First up was a birthday cake for a little girl named Eryn. Her grandma called me last week and asked if I could make a cake featuring Boots the Monkey (you know, the cute little guy that hangs out with Dora the Explorer?). She had called several bakeries and they were willing to make a Dora cake but not Boots. I should turn them in for sidekick discrimination. Since she read my blog and liked my cakes she contacted me. How cool is it that people actually read my blog? It's just a little surreal to be asked to make cakes for people outside friends and family. But a lot of fun!
I printed out a picture of Boots and got to work with the cake. It is an oval white cake with lemon curd filling in three layers and buttercream frosting. I made a purple basketweave border for the outer edges as a frame then carefully drew Boots on top. I think he turned out really cute, and I would love to see a photo of Eryn blowing out her birthday candles.
The second cake is for my nephew Calvin. His mom and I decided to split up the boys' birthday parties which left his cake all about football. I made a yellow butter cake with chocolate frosting (his request) in a large square covered with buttercream "grass" then topped it with a big chocolate cake shaped like a football. I wanted to cover the football with fondant but it has been raining non-stop and the humidity is just ridiculous for Arizona. The frosted version isn't bad, and he had a great birthday party. Happy Birthday, Calvin!
On a more personal note, I'm going to be in California taking care of personal business this week so this is my last post until August 9th. My niece will be house / dog / chicken / fish sitting for me (lucky her!) so if you can all hold down the electronic fort for me until I get back, I would be grateful. Thank you for everything!