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Older than Dirt

Ever since I can remember poking fun at someone hitting a milestone birthday has always been a favourite past time of mine.  I know this will come back to bite me since I am getting closer and closer to celebrating my 29th birthday for the 11th time but until then I will enjoy the ride.

Joy's fiance is turning 40 and we celebrated this past Saturday.  We all joined in at poking fun.


There are so many fun getting older cake ideas on the internet, but I went with the "older than dirt" theme.  The chocolate cake was supposed to be covered in the PCC icing but when I made it, because I did a batch and a half, I think I forgot a cup's worth of icing sugar.  When I iced the cupcakes first the icing was too runny even stone cold and I had a lot less left over than I anticipated.  So, I added more icing sugar and combined some butter cream icing I had in the fridge.  This turned the icing into a pale brown.  I added some black dye to make it darker but it turned a dark grey. Kind of gravestone like grey, which would have worked well with the theme.  However, I still forget that the icing will get darker and it turned almost black after it had been iced and refrigerated.  Oh well!  I added some "dirt" around the cake of crushed up Oreos and some graham cracker thrown in to make it look like real dirt.


I do love a happy accident, in the end.  This is what the icing looked like missing some icing sugar to thicken it up.  It tasted like fudge and piped out so nicely.  I did make some vanilla cupcakes with butter cream icing but they were definitely not as good as these babies.  I might be making this mistake again!


I nabbed this picture from Joy's Facebook page.  It is just so awesome of the cake lit up like a Christmas tree with 40 candles.  We poked fun that the candles cost more than the cake. *grin*  Jim was a very good sport.  Though I have no doubt he's saving up for when we enter into our 5th decade.

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