I am not a cake decorator. I am a mom who tries to make special birthday treats for her kids. If proper cake decorating technique is your passion, please do not read any further. I cannot be responsible for the agonies you suffer. You have been warned!
We now return to the blog post already in progress.
At our house, in the early part of November the emphasis is on birthdays. The two oldest kids celebrate their birthdays within a week of each other, so there are the actual birthdays which are celebrated with a favorite meal and cupcakes (as well as balloons, presents and no chores for the day) and the birthday party which feature a family get-together and special birthday cakes.
This year Brynnie requested a ballerina in a pink tutu. After lengthy discussion, she settled on a drawing of a ballerina on a sheet cake. Perhaps I should have added "I am not much of an artist" to the disclaimer above. However, the finished ballerina brought a smile to my girl's face, so I'll suffer through my self-consciousnesses.
Ian's cake presented more of a structural challenge. He wanted a cowboy hat. A green cowboy hat. I had to ponder this design for a day or two before I came up with my plan. I used a 9x13 cake pan and two 8" round pans. After freezing the cakes, I trimmed the corners of the rectangle cake and ended up cutting smaller, 5" circles out of the round cakes. Then I layered them, cutting a wedge out of the top-most circle to get that cowboy-hat look. I'm sure there is a technical term for it, but I don't know what it is.
I used the left-over corners and edges to create the turned up brim. Frosting makes a pretty fantastic glue, in case you were wondering how I kept all the pieces in place.
A couple of coats of green frosting and a tin star finished it off.
Admittedly, green is not a standard color for cowboy hats, but Ian hasn't seen enough westerns yet to know the tradition of the good guys always wearing white hats while the bad guys wear black. Maybe next year. No body seemed to mind though, as the cake disappeared at a very pleasant rate.
Happy birthday, or un-birthday, everyone!