I've always enjoyed creating birthday cakes for my children. In the early years, I used the Wilton shaped pans for the perfect dinosaur/ teddy bear/ clown. Then Zydeco announced his desire for a Poison Dart Frog cake. That one gave me many reasons to pause....
There's no pan for that, just in case you wondered. Enter my new favorite plan for cake creating - bake rounds or rectangles and grab the large serrated bread knife. Add a hefty dash of engineering brain and you can create just about anything. Including a poison dart frog, a baby chick hatching from her egg, an ice cream cone, and a beaker of gooey scientific looking liquid.
When Irish Jig put in her request for a costume party and we decided to piggy back on Halloween's festivities, using a Halloween themed cake seemed like a great idea. Fun and a little spooky, but not scary for our under 5 set. A spider? Yes! I found an inspiration picture which suggested using scrapbook paper for the legs and round cake layers. Awesome!
A few days prior to the party, Irish Jig pulled a typical almost 4 year old move and announced that she needed a PRINCESS CAKE!!! There was much demanding actually. And maybe even a little sitting on the bottom step for using a nasty tone. I'm just sayin'
Given my decided lack of Princess Love - I'm an engineer after all, not a princess - I needed a way to make my easy cake idea work with her sparkly needs.
So, I consulted the Queen of All Things Cake. Check out that rainbow layered cake toward the bottom of her post. Jannette's consulted on many a cake over the years, from how to shape a dart frog to how to make the perfect black icing (that's harder than you'd think). Her solution to the Princess cake was inspired - and easy - thank goodness!
Make a crown shaped cookie and ice it with sparkles. A PRINCESS SPIDER!!!!
A crowned spider, complete with sparkly purple pearls!
A bit of engineering was still required to lever the large cookie.
It's good to know my stay-at-home brain still gets the occasional work out.