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Dragon Birthday Cake

 For this cake I was able to stretch my skills and use several different techniques.  It usually feels daunting to me at first, trying to figure out what I need to do, if I can pull it off and what tools I need to use.  Once I get going and things start to come together I get excited and really enjoy the process.  This is when my kitchen is usually at its messiest.  Ha! Cait sent me several pictures for what she was looking for and what she liked and didn't from both of them.  From there, I came up with a plan.  Though, it tends to change as I go.  First I made the horns.  I realized after the fact that I should have used wire to go the entire length of the horn and not just a bamboo stick that only went half way up.  It would have stabilized the fondant and I wouldn't have had to worry about it cracking and breaking apart.  Fortunately, they lasted at least to delivery.  I used light blue fondant and then painted them with silver and gold edible paint.  The effect came out so
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