Dec 27, 2009

Adventures in Baking :: A Make-Up & Zebra Stripes Birthday Cake

A few days ago, a friend asked me if I could do a birthday cake for a girl in our church.  Well, since I love to bake and decorate cakes, I said 'Yes!'.  Besides, my brother has asked me to do his wedding cake for next May and I will take all the practice I can get!!  I didn't anticipate how nervous I would be - doing a cake for someone NOT in our family.

You see, I asked for a cake decorating kit for Christmas when I was just a young girl - probably 13 or 14.  Since then, I've been self-teaching cake decorating and practicing every chance I get.  I'm not a professional; I've never taken a single class.  But that's always been okay...90% of the cakes I've done have been for family, mostly my own kids.  They're easy to please and I'm my own customer, so no worries. 

Yesterday was a different story.  This cake was to be a 'girly-girl' cake - with make-up and zebra stripes.  This cake was for a girl I don't even know - for people to see that were not in my immediate family.  This cake was intimidating!

I decided to do it in fondant too.  It didn't have to be fondant, but I knew it would look much neater in fondant.  The problem was, I've only done one other really important fondant cake, and a few that were just for us.  I didn't even have extra fondant to practice with and watching hundreds of shows about it on Food Network doesn't really qualifiy as 'practice'.  So, again, this cake was intimidating!

Anyway, to get to my point - I did it!  I made a girly-girl, zebra striped, make-up topped birthday cake.  It took me 6 hours.  It took help from my husband.  And my son.  It took three phone calls to my dear friend Shelly to encourage and give advice (she's an expert cake decorator).    But finally, it was done!M
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