Monday, June 11, 2012

Birthday Cake






A few weeks ago my friend Jen, from Sunshine Greetings (she guest posts here often) had a birthday.  I went to her house a day early to help her get ready for the party. 


One of the things we did was to decorate this cake.  She was inspired from a couple of articles in Better Homes and Gardens.

She made a four tier cake, similar to what is seen here, but she used a lemon mix and a strawberry mix.  I had a friend tell me just the day before I went to help her out that if you use 12 oz of soda and the mix.that.is.it.

For the flowers:


Jen made a "glue" of powdered sugar and water. 

Once you cut the marshmallows they are moist enough for the colored sugar to stick to them.
We each had a pair of scissors to cut the marshmallows with. 
Source: Word Clip-Art

She also decided that she wanted to have flowers on her cake, similar to what was is seen here. When we went shopping the day before we purchased a bag of large and small marshmallows. Jen had already purchased 3 jars of colored sugar, similar to this. She also purchased a jar of Sugar Pearls, similar to this. (Please NOTE I do not know if she purchased the same brand as what is shown in the links... I simply wanted to give you an idea as to what it was she purchased.)


Jen also had a partial bag of green tree and pink star marshmallows left over from Christmas.  The green tree marshmallows were PERFECT for the leaves. The pink star marshmallows made perfect petals for the smaller pink flowers.  We cut these marshmallows in half from their sides, pinching them on one end prior to dipping the green ones into the green sugar and the pink ones into the pink sugar.




For the large pink flowers I cut the large marshmallows into slices, if I recall correctly it was 5 slices per marshmallow.  Prior to dipping them into the pink sugar I pinched them into an oval shape and set them onto waxed paper.

Jen started cutting the small marshmallows on an angle and dipped those into the blue sugar, then set them onto the waxed paper.

According to the instructions we were supposed to "glue" the petals to a large white chocolate drop (or something - I honestly to not remember - whatever it was... we didn't have it.)  So... we used marshmallows!  We had two and a half bags of them... what the heck!  :)  Once cutting the pink marshmallows they could easily be reshaped and flattened.  We used these to glue the larger marshmallows to... and as the centers for the larger pink flowers.  Then putting some "glue" on top of the centers we added some sugar pearls.

For the blue flowers we used a cut piece of the white marshmallows to use as the base to "glue" to. We then added "glue" to the center and added sugar pearls.

When using the stars to form flowers we pinched one peak so they would fit in the centers easier.

Once we were done we put all the petals, leaves, flowers on waxed paper and put them in the refrigerator.  I told Jen they had to stay there until the next day when we actually decorated the cake.  I came home (1+ hr drive away).  That evening Jen baked the cake.  I went back the day of the party and she insisted that I decorate the cake.  LOL 

I frosted the outside, using an upward motion all the way around, and then I did the top of the cake.  I then started placing the flowers onto the top of the cake.  There were some blue petals left over so I put them down the one side (you can see them in the top photo).





Happy Birthday Jen!  Thank you for letting me help you with the decorating of your cake and enjoying your party with you.  Thank you for allowing me to share this on my blog.


I've linked up to:
Natasha In Oz
Inspire Me Monday
Toasty Studio
Mealtime Monday
Mop It Up Mondays
Polly Want a Crafter
The Gunny Sack
A Creative Harbor


Tuesday:
Rook No. 17 Little Birdie Told Me

Todays Creative Blog's Get Your Craft On
Not Just a Housewife
And Sew We Craft 
 



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10 comments:

  1. marshmallows? who'd a thunk it? so pretty! I bet it was yummy too!
    Happy Birthday Jen!
    gail

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  2. What a great idea! That looks so professional.

    I would love for you to share with my readers at Mealtime Monday!

    http://www.couponingncooking.com/2012/06/mealtime-monday-recipe-link-up-party_10.html

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  3. Love it! And I never thought to use marshmallows like that! Thanks for the idea.

    Thanks for linking up to the And Sew We Craft Together Linky Party

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  4. Clever!

    Found via the And Sew We Craft linky party

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  5. Wow, very pretty! I bet everyone couldn't wait to dig into it. Thank you so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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  6. Wow! So creative, colorful and yummy looking ~ happy birthday and thanks for linking up with Magical Monday Meme ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. Congrats - your lovely cake has been featured at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)

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  8. Wow! This cake is amazing and so unique. I would love to have this cake, it's so pretty. :) I'm going to need to attempt this project someday soon...

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