Close your eyes and picture this: it's your 7th birthday. You are so excited to celebrate with your friends and family, there are balloons and streamers everywhere. All of a sudden, the lights dim and a chorus of "Happy Birthday to you..." can be heard. You open your eyes and you see it. Your very own birthday cake. It's sweet, it's homemade with tons of love, and it's got your name on it!
Everyone loves a good birthday cake, filled and frosted with sugary sweetness, decorated with flowers, letters and characters. For us, not a single birthday passed without a cake. Either homemade or Carvel, on occasion, whatever the birthday boy or girl wants. And the matriarchs of our family made sure that you felt magical and special on your birthday no matter what. My mom loved to make birthday cakes for us. And not just an out of the box slap some icing on it cakes. She made three-dimensional, decorated, adorned and lit ablaze cakes. Check out this gem circa 1993:
Mom pulled out all the stops, that's custom colored buttercream applied with Wilton bags and tips, and of course wildflowers found locally (like the bluebonnets, we were in Texas). And check out this one, shaped like a polar bear!
And a few more, Easter was always an occasion to make a cake. The shapes and embellishments started to become more advanced and elegant.
Fast forward a bunch of years and the art of cake decorating starts to explode in culinary communities everywhere. It becomes accessible to everyone. With TV shows like Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes, amateur cake decorators became educated and inspired. Check out this almost-too-cute-to-eat Easter cake from last year:
The best part, when you cut into the cake, the carrots were underground. So cute! Seriously impressed and proud of how far she's come, fondant is not easy stuff to work with! And this is just the beginning.....many more cakes to come. Princesses, cars, animals, Minecraft and more! Stay tuned......
These special cakes have been hand crafted by the amazing and super talented Dr. F. Elementary school principal by day, magical cake maker by night.
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