Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday Sweets Shelby's Gift Box Cake with a Bow

Happy Saturday!  If you are new to my blog, you may not know that I decorate cakes for fun.  You can check the others out by clicking the "cakes" label on the sidebar.  This is my daughter Shelby's 6th Birthday Cake from last weekend.  She wanted a polka-dot theme and wanted a cake that looked like a birthday present.  So here it is.
Gift Box Cake Kids Birthday Cake
This cake is a 10 x 3 square marble cake with cream cheese frosting.  The polka dots and ribbon around the cake are fondant and the bow is gumpaste.  I made the pieces for the bow the night before because gumpaste needs time to dry.  I finished the look with edible glitter that you can't really see in these photos.  I ended up moving the little tag with Shelby's name to the other side and it looked like it was coming out of the bow.
Gumpaste Bow Kids Birthday Cake
Small Rant...
I had a bit of an issue decorating with this cream cheese frosting.  This has always been a struggle for me.  I have yet to find a frosting that is easy to decorate with and that tastes the way I want it to taste.  Should the cake taste good? Or look good?  Is it too much to ask to have both?  My husband says it's all about the taste and I feel like if I am going to take the time to decorate, it better look good.  If it were all about taste, I would drive to the nearest Dairy Queen and get an ice cream cake:)
The best frosting to decorate with is buttercream; however, I think buttercream is too sweet.  The rest of the family says they like it, but I think they are just being nice.  Argh, this was the worst to work with so far!  You can probably tell around the edges on the top picture - they are far from perfect.  And the frosting was heavy, so it slid down on the sides while I was trying to smooth it out.  I held it together and didn't cry while decorating this one.  My father-in-law happened to be there (plowing our driveway- yep, it just keeps on snowing here in Minnesota) and came inside and watched a little bit, so I had to pretend I wasn't a crazy lady... end rant.

In the end, Shelby loved her cake and everyone said it looked cute.  And it did taste good...I'll give it that.   So I am still on the lookout for the perfect frosting.  I'll let ya know if I find it:)

Thanks for stopping by!  

11 comments:

  1. So cute! I don't know how anyone could cut into that, it's so pretty.

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    1. I was actually excited to cut into it because it caused me so much stress - it was relieving! :)

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  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has baking related (non)disasters. My last cake definitely got some tears and then ended up being great in spite of it (or maybe just to spite me and my dramatics). This turned out so cute!

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    1. Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one too. Do you have pictures of your cakes? Do you decorate a lot of them for a hobby? It's so stressful, but usually the end result makes it all worth it.

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  3. It's beautiful! Your perfectionist streak of course sees uneven edges, but I can't believe you got cream cheese frosting to look so smooth and uniform. Just gorgeous. It's my favorite kind of frosting, too, I could seriously sit there and eat spoonfuls of it on its own (and have before, lol). Buttercreams used to be too sweet for me, too, but since I've been in my 30s I've developed a sweet tooth I never had before, lol, and now I always go for the piece with the most frosting. My only gripe is when buttercreams aren't made with butter, which usually means the cake is storebought... I've only ever used raal butter, because it's not called shorteningcream, right? Anyhoo... I'm in awe of your talent :)

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    1. I know, I had a hard time not eating it while I was making it. Yummmmm. I never have that issue when making buttercream. You are like my mom and step-dad, they always want the corner piece with the most frosting. And I scrape mine off. LOL, shorteningcream:) Thanks so much for your compliment.

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  4. I love it, Essie. You got a pretty cake (albeit a STRESSFUL) pretty cake, and it was great to eat, too!

    Good luck in your search for that perfect frosting!!!! :)

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  5. Oh wow Essie, this cake is so beautiful! Sometimes we are our worst critics, but I really think you did a stellar job! You are one talented lady. :-)

    ~ Yun

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  6. It's awesome!! So pretty and adorable! I love buttercream, my mother hates it though.

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