Do you ever say things before you give yourself a little time to think...you know, use your brain filter? This seems to be a problem I have alot, sometimes it gets me into trouble!
When my friend's precious little girl's first birthday was approaching, she told me when the party would be and before I knew it I said....."Oh! Can I make her cake???"
There I go again, saying things before I think. Oh, what's the big deal. It's just a FIRST birthday cake...you know, the one that has about 100 pictures taken of it because the cutie pie that's eating it is actually encouraged to "go ahead, make a mess!" No pressure, right?
The wonderful thing about this friend is she is my biggest encourager and generally thinks everything I do is great even when I know it's really NOT (everyone should have a friend like her) and no matter what I brought to her sweet little girl's party, she was going to be happy....
So let the cake decorating begin! I was lucky enough to find a great blog earlier this week and even though I have made cakes in the past, I learned so much from her tutorials. Lavender Clouds is the name of her wonderful blog and there I learned how to bake and ice a cake like a professional...well, I'm sure there's a learning curve.....
I followed her instructions and.. TAA DAA......this is what I came up with
I made the fondant for this cake using this super simple recipe.....
8 oz mini marshmallows (4 cups not packed)
4 c powdered sugar, plus a little for dusting
2 T water
Food coloring and flavoring, optional
Put marshmallows and water in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir until smooth. If you are adding flavoring, stir it in now. Add powdered sugar until stiff, and hard to stir. Dust rolling surface with powdered sugar and knead the food coloring into fondant. Roll out to desired thickness and cut out your shapes.
I was so happy to have been a part of such a happy day for her! She loved her cake!
Kid tested, Mother approved....whew...thank goodness :)