Saturday, September 12, 2009

3 Year Old Garden Party Cake

I was delighted to make this sweet garden birthday cake for a little 3 year old girl from Corvallis! Her mom is a friend of mine from college and I remember 3 years ago visiting her at the hospital when Bekah was born very prematurely. She and her mommy had lots of complications and we almost lost them, so it has been amazing to see the Lord's hand in her little life from the very very beginning!! I feel honored to be apart of her special birthday to celebrate these past three years of her miraculous little life...and that her mommy drove from Corvallis to pick up the cake! Thank you Jodi!! I hope Bekah LOVES her garden cake!!

I used the invitations for inspiration for the design of the cake, but then altered it quite a bit to include a bird house, a watering can, the bugs and the "Bekah's Garden" sign. I used a new chocolate cake recipe I found (that is delicious!) and filled it with vanilla ganache since it was traveling down to Corvallis. I had made a whole bunch of butterflies to "fly" in the air on curly wire, but their wings were heavier than their little bodies and they kept flipping over and flying upside down!!! URGH! I tried a few things to get them to stay, but nothing worked! - and when I went to the store to get cloth covered wire they didn't have white...so, the butterflies got stuck to the cake! :) - no flying for you silly butterflies!
The birdhouse was my favorite part of the cake! I used rice cereal treats, stacked them up and covered them in fondant mixed with gumtex to create a gumpaste type material. I then cut each section out, scored it like wood, and then layed it on the rice cereal house. The roof is modeling chocolate, as well as the birds and all the orange decorations! I LOVE modeling chocolate, but next time I make butterflies, it will be in gumpaste! :)
All in all a very sweet cake and lots of fun techniques to practise!!
Happy Birthday sweet Bekah!

12 comments:

  1. Cuteness! I love the birdhouse too!

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  2. It's adorable! Which chocolate cake recipe did you use?

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  3. It was absolutely PERFECT Jessica! The details were so adorable and it tasted delicious! Bekah LOVED it! Thanks so much!

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  4. I loved it! And the modeling chocolate was yummy - I got to eat the head of one of the cattepillars (I don't know how to spell that, either!)

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  5. i loved the cakes especially the superman cake even though i haven`t eaten it though

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  6. I was wondering what the number 3 is made of and how you attached it to the cake? I'm working on a cake right now and want to do something similar with the number three.
    Thanks!

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    1. It's fondant. I let it sit out for a day to firm up just a bit then attached it with some water to the cake.

      Blessings!

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    2. Sorry to bother you again, but what was the finish of your cake? Was it buttercream or fondant? The cake I'm doing will have a buttercream finish. I'm just worried that the weight of the number will cause a problem and that it might slide off? I could use a few toothpicks to help secure it? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
      TIA! :D

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    3. It's fondant. I wouldn't worry about it if it's buttercream...but you might make the three flatter so more area sticks to the cake. If you want to put a few toothpicks on it, you'll guarantee yourself that it'll work great!

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  7. I'm just curious is that a PVC pipe that its structured with and what's that the bird house is sitting on? I love it

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    1. Its a 1" wooden dowel I wrapped with plastic wrap before covering with modeling chocolate. Blessings!!

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