Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle

As the school year draws to a close, the Kindergartners at my school were treated to a graduation all their own. Their colleague...asked me to make a cake to celebrate the occasion. One of their favourite books this year was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle ~ the perfect inspiration for a bright and fun confection!

As always, the process began with an internal am I going to do this? Cupcakes? Maybe. Loaf pans? Hmmm...don't think so. Bundt pans? Yes, that's it, the texture in the pans would provide the perfect shape for mister caterpillar.

Once baking and cooling were complete, I cut each cake into thirds and arranged what I needed on the already-covered cake board. I chose paper that celebrated the bright colours from the book. He's beginning to take shape...
I kept the book close by to keep me on track!

Very carefully, I cut the caterpillar in half and added loads of Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing...then replaced the top.

I covered the rest of the caterpillar with the Buttercream, being careful to maintain the ridges ~ with a little note to self: Fondant mirrors whatever it lies on top of. This is one time when lumps and bumps would be okay!
He spent about an hour in the fridge as the Buttercream set. Tick...tock...tick...and I spent an hour in Blogland!

At this pictures become scarce! To be honest, it was the middle of the night and my patience for documenting each step was waning...bare with me as I try to describe the process...

Using Wilton's Leaf Green paste and Duff's Electric Green I kneaded the fondant into the colour I was after. With the base colour just right, I added more dye and pulled the fondant slightly, to attain a marbled look. I did the same with the red. At this point I was reminded about just how much red dye is required to tint fondant!

I rolled out the green and placed it over the body and the red over the head.
He's looking more and more like he might just inch his way off my cake board!

I cut the eyes from green and yellow fondant using different sized cake decorating tips. I trimmed and pulled the fondant circles until I had the shape I wanted. I followed a similar process for the itty-bitty feet and the nose. For the antenna, I mixed green and red fondant and rolled it in to tubes, smaller at one end than the other. I painted over each with red paste to achieve a more vibrant look. I adhered the pieces with a droplet of water and...tada...
For the sun, I mixed yellow and orange fondant and used a cutter and scissors to cut the circle and the rays. I placed them on the board and rearranged until I was pleased with the outcome.

The children (and their teacher!) enjoyed the cake and I enjoyed the opportunity to create and document the process!

I'm linking up to...
Toot Your Horn Tuesday at A Silly Little Sparrow.
Just Something I Whipped Up Monday at The Girl Creative.
Craftastic Monday over at Sew Can Do.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Surf's Up!

My daughter played host to her friends at the local swimming pool for her 8th birthday party. Following two hours of splashing it up, we met for pizza and goodies galore. I made these cupcakes based on her request for a Surf's Up party - she asked for those flowers that grew on the tree near the house we stayed in in Hawaii (known to adults as hibiscus flowers!), surf boards and beach towels.

Surf's Up!

Goodies were sent home in these sweet little treats.

Chalk-full of sugary goodness - floss well children!

The kiddies enjoyed pop from The Pop Shoppe!

As a child, is there anything better than a birthday party with your friends?

Maybe sipping lime pop!
What a wonderful way to welcome summer!

I'm linking this post to Goody Bag Ideas and Birthday Parties link up over at The Girl Creative.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A little Birdie Told Me...

...that Elle was turning 8!

My daughter Elle, sister to Ava and Kieran is our middle child! She is both strong-willed and agreeable, helpful and tenacious! She recently turned eight and to celebrate, I made her this tweet little confection (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Anyone that knows my Elle knows she is anything but a girlie-girl! So making this cake for her was a little risky! Here's where her 'agreeable' side comes in - she loved it! I think it was the little birdie that sold her on the cake (because I know it wasn't the pink flowers!)

I'm linking this post to Show and Share over at Just a Girl!

Happy birthday sweet Elle!

Thursday, June 10, 2010