We interrupt this blog to bring you a special birthday cake. My little sister, Charlie, turned 20 last Thursday, so I sent her an upside-down world map. It was a successful decoy, for my real plan was this cake:
It's a ginger pound cake with a buttercream basketweave pattern, covered by a field of daffodils and the merry woodland creatures who have come to wish Charlie a happy birthday. On the far left is a pigeon - Charlie's favorite bird ("I love pigeons! They look like they're up to something.") Then a giraffe ("Evil Giraffe"), then a blue penguin - Charlie once adopted a penguin and named it Gordon. Up front is a hegdhog with a daffodil behind one ear.
The animals are made from cupcakes that I carved up and patched together with Royal Icing.
I'm particularly proud of the daffodils (Charlie's favorite flowers).
The purple anenome-like flower in front is an aster, and the blue-green one in the background is a bachelor's button.
Happy Birthday, kid-o.