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80th Birthday Mini Christmas Cakes

One of my coworkers asked if I could to do mini-cakes for her mom's 80th birthday party.  I had a perfect idea in mind that I had seen on Pinterest.  She thought it was great and also liked one with a rose on it so it wasn't just Christmas.  I told/warned her that I had no idea how long these would take me as I had never done petit-fours before but I was up for the challenge.  What I didn't account for was that she would show other co-workers what I was doing.   My order of 50 ballooned to 100.  Two other co-workers wanted 25 each.  Good thing I took the week off before Christmas.  Though it's not turning out be the relaxing week that I had planned!

So, to make these cakes these are the steps I took:
- baked four 10" vanilla cakes.
- with a 1 7/8" round cutter I was able to get 25 rounds out of each layer.
- filled with vanilla butter cream and sandwiched two rounds together, set in fridge for 20 minutes
- covered in butter cream each ''cake" for a crumb coat.  This step was SO messy! Set in fridge.
- took 5 out at time from the fridge and covered each in fondant making sure they were cold a firm.  This step took the longest.  Almost 4 hours!!!!
- made 25 roses, 75 berries (3 for each cake), 50 rose leaves and 50 holly leaves.
- sprayed the holly leaves and roses with gold shimmer dust
- covered the berries using a red shimmer pen
- trimmed the bottom off with  ribbon

I finally went to bed around 3:30 last night.  I had to get up early to finish the decorating, but the are done.  Woohoo!  Now on to the next order. . .


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