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my first early attempts at cake decoration

I have been taking a cake decorating class at a local college for two weeks now, and have begun my slow, occasionally pathetic climb toward becoming a master cake decorator.

here are my first early attempts at roses:

I don’t know if you can really see how terrifying my hands looked here, but they were SO PINK.

I kept forgetting what had happened to my hands, and I’d look down every once and a while and have a momentary panic attack about the vivid hue of my finger flesh.

our cake decorating professor made us do rabbits for our first cake, being a few days before easter and all. I had no desire to do so, but heeded her demands.

it looked ok. please forgive me for the yellowness of my bunny–I was forced to render him thusly.

I am enjoying this. I am creeped out by the vast amount of crisco (excuse me, vegetable shortening) that goes into my frosting, so if anyone knows a recipe for a nice, stiff frosting, good for making flowers etc., that does NOT have crisco in it, I would really appreciate the suggestion.


what nerdy birthday cake will I get next year?

so, today is my birthday. and for the last two years, my friends have supplied me with very, very nerdy birthday cakes.

here’s last year’s presidential extravaganza, courtesy of sarah, teresa, monica, jamie, dani, and roz:


as you can see, it features a lovely photograph of teddy roosevelt and william howard taft.

and this year’s, courtesy of melissa and kristin:


an avocado green cake, featuring the star trek insignia and a mix-cd with a star trek photo on the cover.

I guess my challenge for this next year is to acquire yet another nerdy interest so that it may be illustrated on my 2010 birthday cake. renaissance fairs? dungeons and dragons? I am open to suggestions.

this is my kind of kid



thoughts on cake decoration

if you’re looking to decorate some cakes, never buy wilton’s color mist food color spray. it comes in a cool aerosol can but smells like the highly flammable piss of satan.


however, here is a photo of a cake my friends and I decorated at our dear friend katie-rose’s wedding party. the blue is from–WILTON’S COLOR SPRAY, which is fine if you don’t mind your cake smelling like an old lady hair salon or a propane tank. be forwarned: this carousel-themed cake rocks pretty hardcore. I mean, how many cakes do you see with fruit snacks and matches?

ok, we didn’t eat the matches.

please notice the gorilla in a bikini.

please notice the gorilla in a bikini.