Birthday season in this house begins in September when I start planning the birthdays or rather finalizing the plans since I am ALWAYS searching out and saving ideas.
The little girl goes first in October and was turning 3, and at this age she actually got a say in the final outcome of the cake design, and she chose - Hello Kitty. Now, I knew this was coming, but I also knew that I have an intense fear of designing cakes that include the faces of well-known and loved characters; for I don't feel that they would be known or loved once I got done with them. Thankfully however, we were able to find a Hello Kitty cake pan and I knew I would have indents as my guide!
Unfortunately though, my husband had to be out of town on work on the actually birthday day, so we had TWO parties, which means two "cakes".
We began birthday day with pink, pumpkin donuts...
These were actually made from a Hello Kitty cupcake maker. Painstaking to only make two cupcakes at a time, but I got a baked on pattern out of the deal! :)
Happy 3rd Birthday Lorelei!! From all of us and Hello Kitty!
November arrived and we moved on to all things BOY! I have to say this was one of the most indecisive years for Everett, but he FINALLY decided (after a little prodding, to "make a decision!" that he would like a blue light saber cake.) Simple enough, right? Hmmmmm.
Here's what I came up with.
I didn't love how it came together, but Everett sure did, and that's all that matters!
Finally December arrived and the yearly, secret, husband cake began it's commence. It actually worked out that once again Garrett was away from home, not for work, he took a weekend to hunt which gave me two full days and nights to work without having to stash everything and pretend like I was doing nothing. I'd had a previous idea (which I might still use one day) and then I had THIS one and I am so glad I went with this, because I had SO much fun with fondant and gum paste and construction - this cake was just fun to make and create on.
The Hobbit came out 5 days before his birthday, so being the wonderful wife that I am, I arranged for us to go to the movie on his birthday (secretly) and that also inspired me to search out cake ideas.
Here it is!
The back of the cake...
More details...I think one of my favorite parts was the walkway. I used uncolored gumpaste, rolled, cut, texturized and then handpainted everything else in.
There it is, the 2012 birthday round-up.