Skip to main content

Surprise 60th Birthday Party Cake

It's my 100th post!  Woot!

I was very excited to make this cake for Pat's 60th birthday party.  I think her daughter booked me before Christmas.  So, I had lots of time to plan.  You'd think that would work in my favour.  The cake was to be a two tiered cake.  The bottom was a giraffe print, the top red with shoes and bow on top.  The flavour was to be strawberry.  I nudged Meghan to go with a chocolate cake on the bottom and salted caramel icing.

This is a fairly long post, so, I won't force you to read or scroll through before getting to the pictures.

Fast forward to Thursday night, while finishing the Spotted Turtle Cake I baked the cakes. I was so proud of myself for being organised.  Friday evening before heading out to wine night I was all set to make the loops for the bow as they needed to dry over night.  I was so sure that I had an unopened 4lb tub of black fondant but after searching for twenty minutes I gave up.  We do not have a Bulk Barn close by to us.  The two closest ones are in malls and take forever to park and then get to.  Of course the first one I went to didn't have black fondant.  I was not impressed.  Off I went to another Bulk Barn, I wasn't trying the other mall location, I went even further out of my way to wine night to go to one that I could park right in front of the entrance.  Fortunately, I was able to nip in and out quickly.  All the way home from wine night I debated with myself on whether or not to make the loops before going to bed or in the morning.  I was good and made them before going to bed.

Saturday morning, I got up early, partially thanks to Miss E, all ready to decorate.  I went to double check to see if I needed to add any writing to the cake.  That's when I realised that I didn't make the right flavour for the top tier.  I had make cookies and cream, not strawberry.  Fantastic!  Quickly made the strawberry cake, then cut out all the silhouettes of the shoes.  These were the same ones from the If the Shoe Fits Cake but smaller.  Put together the bow.  Yay!  It worked out beautifully. Then tackled the giraffe print tier.  Printed off a giraffe pattern from online and went to town.

While I was making the cake, we were also getting ready to go to a funeral for Mr. T's friend's grandmother.  The funeral was taking place in roughly the same neighbourhood where Meghan is.  So, I offered to deliver it to her rather having her come on the subway.  At 1pm I realised the cake was not going to be ready in time.  This was about the time that I was covering the top tier in red.  It did not cover well.  It split all around the top.  I figured it needed a time out in the fridge while we went out.

We arrived at the funeral parlor with 5 minutes to spare.  One of the directors came up to us and said that they actually had the service an hour ago!  OMG!  Fortunately, everyone was still there and we were able to visit.  But geesh!  We left Miss E with Mr T's parents while we raced back up to our place.  Me to finish the cake and Mr T to get out of his suit.  A 15 minute trip took 30 minutes.  The DVP was nuts.

I got the top tier done.  I covered all the splits with the shoes and some creative scrolling with black royal icing and some dragees.  Packed it up in two boxes and off we went back on to the parking lot known as the DVP.

That's what I get for being organised!


Popular posts from this blog

Baby Shower Cake

One of the teams on my floor had me make a cake for one of their co-workers going on off on mat leave earlier this month.  She doesn't know the sex of the baby so I made it as neutral as possible.  This was an 8" two layer chocolate cake.  I just used some circle cutters to make the polka dots and the lettering.

The unofficial shot of the cake I caught Willow trying to get at the cake. She got pretty close before I shooed her away.

Toilet Paper Roll Birthday Cake

This was a fun cake to do.  At first I really wasn't sure how it would turn out.  In the end I thought it was hilarious.

So, I started off with an 8" two layer square vanilla base tier.  The filling was raspberry mascarpone mousse.  It is so good!  Then I covered it using the grass tip to look like carpet with buttercream icing.  I would have used the filling but I didn't drain out the seeds and they would have clogged up the tip.  It wouldn't have been pretty.  Instead I dyed it to match the filling as close as possible to make pink shag carpet.
For the toilet paper roll I did a 6" 3 layer cake and covered it in fondant.  I added an extra piece of fondant to make it look like the paper was unraveling.  On the top I added a black circle of fondant to look like the empty space from the roll.  Lastly, I took a toothpick and spun the cake around to make the indentations of a "roll" of toilet paper.
The signs I made out of fondant.  In the picture I was sen…

Owl in Tree for Lindsay

Shocking that inspiration for this cake came from Pinterest which in turn came from the blog the Bitten Word which in turn came from the November 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living.  I'm sure that in the baking world you could play Six Degrees of Martha Stewart no problem.  One day I might actually make this cake, but the only part of this recipe I used was the caramel, and it was only half the recipe. I used the Perfect Chocolate Cake recipe for the cake.  You really can't go wrong with this recipe and I have no desire to deviate.

This is part II of Lindsay's birthday celebration.  She is an amazing friend, well, the best friend a girl could ask for, so naturally she deserves the best cake.  I knew that chocolate and caramel would be a winning combination for her.  Then for the decorating I didn't want to cover it in fondant as I still think covering this icing is a crime against nature!  On the other hand I find decorating chocolate a challenge.  Fortunately I found…