I wanted to do something special for my dear daughter on her birthday. She has a newborn AND they are working on their new house. So, a birthday party was not on their radar. I usually buy her an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins, but this time I decided to bake one myself.
I don't cook. I don't bake. Yes. I've been around the block a few times and I have baked a few cakes in my life. It's just not something I desire to do. Until this day. I had a box of lemon cake mix in my cupboard (how did that get there?). Lemon it is! I baked two rounds and bought some pre-made icing at the store. Then I headed over to youtube to see if I could figure out how to make some pretty flowers. Oh my goodness....there were a bazillion videos on how to do this. I kept typing in "easy" and I found Ann Reardon, http://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/how-to-pipe-butter-cream-flowers-using-only-a-ziplock-bag/.
This nice lady in Australia taught me how to make frosting flowers with only a baggie and a chopstick. She made it look really easy!! My frosting was not stiff enough, and I read about adding Crisco and powdered sugar to beef it up a little. I never really got it stiff enough, but it worked out ok.
The best flower I made was the first one. As I went on, they got meltier. I started to hurry and just placed them on the cake as quick as I could! That's when they started looking more like blobs. I would like to try this again, with the right kind of frosting!
My daughter adored her cake. I'm not going to say that I am proud of it. I will say that it was fun and it made me actually want to learn cake decorating. Maybe sometime....
Of course, I was very happy to see the boy!! He is starting to laugh now. So precious!!