Sunday, August 29, 2010

Move over Duff...

There's a new Ace in town.

Now, very rarely do I get any satisfaction out of cooking. It's just not my shtick. Perhaps you remember.

But I do love baked goods. And I love making things pretty.

So I love a good birthday cake.

A handful of times I have conceptualized a cake design in my head, and brought it to life. Talk about sweet satisfaction.

Here is a cake for our sweet Amos in Wonderland.
This reminds me of Princess Leia for some reason.

I tried fondant for the first time and it was easy and fun! I bought pre-fab and rolled it out to make the White Rabbit's clock. Easy peasy.

The flowers were a bit tricky. I couldn't figure out how to make the kind I wanted with the fancy flower-making tips. So I winged it.
It's a little rough, but it worked out ok.

Now, for the shrooms. The party was Alice in Wonderland themed at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant. So, mushrooms were the perfect final touch.

Some back-story: We were huge fans of Mellow Mushroom - a pizza joint in the Southeast. When we found out they were coming west to our fair city we were stoked! So, we went to opening night. We, being all four of us - Me, the fella, Big E, and newborn baby Amos. He was like 50 hours old. We literally came home from the hospital, regrouped, and went to Mellow Mushroom. On opening night. Loud music. Huge crowd. Press. Photographers, and 2 day old Amos. So, it worked out beautifully that they were celebrating their one year anniversary with an Alice in Wonderland-themed shindig, one day before Little A's big day. Serendipity.

Okay, back to the cake. I added a little mouse (made of fondant - love this stuff!) for our little mouse, and a bunch of fondant mushrooms.

Make a wish little A!

The party was so fun! There were kids EVERYWHERE! We had the patio to ourselves and it was full of children and balloons. The kids made mad-hatter hats and had caricatures drawn (Mellow Mushroom's treat). More on party fun in the next post.


  1. I have a whole bunch of cake decorating stuff if you want to start your own cake joint!!! That is AWESOME! By-the-way, fondant is NOT easy-peasy! You must be a natural! ;)

  2. Jessa, when I saw the first pictures of that cake on Facebook...I was 100% convinced that it was a professionally made cake. Honest Abe! I am so impressed! The mouse is exceptionally cute and the mushrooms are perfectly proportional and adorable. Love it!