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.
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.
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:)
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