Friday, July 8, 2011

Birthday Bash and Fried SD card

I've been in Oregon for the past month--another medical school rotation for my hubby. The girls and I tagged along since I have 3 brothers up in Portland and places to stay and family to see.

My sister-in-law Ellen had a birthday while I was there, and I just couldn't pass up the chance to make her a birthday cake. It was a surprise. I kept it a secret from her for a couple days, doing all the decorating at my other brother's home. This was an idea I had seen on Wilton awhile back and have been wanting to do. It is their Make Some Noise cake idea. It was a super cute idea using 3 tiers of cake. I made my tiers using a 7 inch pan, although they used an 8 inch pan in theirs.

This is Ellen. Love her to death. She is one of the funnest people to be around. Happy Birthday!

Now for my sob story--I took some darling pictures of this cake--all set out nicely, lighting just right, neat angles, etc--and what happened? . . . my SD card got fried in my computer. Yep. All the pictures were gone. So all I have to show for this cake is what others took on their phones. So sad. Sorry the pictures aren't the best. I hope you understand :)

I filled the bottom of the cake platter with chewy sweet tarts. They didn't last long--all the kids kept swiping them from the platter . . . okay, adults did too. I guess we can't blame everything on the kids.

Just a couple notes on this cake idea from Wilton--it uses quite a bit of fondant, so come prepared--especially if you want the white "frosting" between each tier to look thick and fluffy. I didn't use Wilton's imprinting roller for the texture on the swags. Instead I tried the texture tiles from Duff's line at Michaels. They worked ok--not great, but did the job more or less. I have yet to buy and use one of Wilton's textured rollers, so I really can't compare it to that yet, but I'm sure they would work fine.

Have a great day baking, napping, or doing whatever it is you enjoy doing!


  1. Hi! My name is Rita. I have 4 children and I make all their birthday cakes myself. I came across your blog while I was looking for ideas for one of the cakes I made this year. I thoroughly enjoy looking at all the beautiful cakes you've made! I do have one question for you though...what kind of fondant do you use? I've tried the Wilton ready to use rolled fondant and I didn't like the taste of it. I also tried making my own marshmallow fondant, which tasted better. Maybe I didn't get it the right thickness. Thank you so much! Again, your cakes are beautiful!

  2. Hi Rita,
    I'm glad you stopped by my blog. I have to agree with you that the Wilton fondant tastes pretty bad, but it is one of the easiest to work with, I've found. However, I don't use it very much because it is pretty expensive. I sometimes make my own marshmallow fondant, which takes some practice getting to know what the consistency should feel like when making it, but usually I buy a brand of fondant called Fondex-cel in a 10lb bucket. I'm not sure if any place sells it in your area. I get it at a place called Lakeside Poultry (a restaurant supply place in Lakeside, CA when I'm down visiting my in-laws in San Diego). This fondant can sometimes be a little dry, but I just kneed in a little extra shortening to get it how I want it, and it's taste is MUCH better than the wilton fondant.

  3. Ok, so I've visited your blog before and I keep coming back to see all the fun cakes you make! You've got skill. :)
    While reading this post I had to laugh out loud. Not only do we share an interest in cake decorating, share the same name, share the same faith, but apparently our husbands are both in medical school. :) My husband is doing the MD/PhD program, so we've got 4 years before we start doing rotations, but this is technically our forth year in med school. :) Too funny. :) Love your cakes! :)