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Last fall at work we had a silent auction for Run for the Cure and I donated a 2 layer 8" cake for the cause.  Our VP won the item and this week I got make the cake for her.  Her daughter is turning 2 and like any 2 year old girl these days is a fan of Dora.  I added two stars to represent turning 2.  However, Miss E informed me if I done them in the proper colours they would be like actual characters.  That tells you I never really paid attention to the show.  Went with lots of flowers.  I still cannot dye fondant to look like any proper shade of purple.  However, I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the Americolor dyes.  With the squeeze bottles it so much easier. 

Miss E's opinion of the finished cake: "If I was still into Dora, I'd think it was a pretty cool cake."

As an extra I was asked to make these cool Swiper cucpakes.  I was up for the challenge.  Normally I only use butter in my icing but for this exercise shortening usually works better for melting and avoiding discolouration.  With every step that I followed as per the instructions I kept thinking of a back up plan because I was not liking the results.  The instructions are pretty vague and the picture is very small for reference.  Clearly I'm used to getting ideas from other bloggers who are super fantastic with step by step instructions.  In the end they turned out okay, not my most professional look but from a 6 year old and a 2 year old's opinion they thought they were cool.  Using any type of icing is definitely not my forte for decorating.


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