Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Charlie!

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.


Robert Nanders said...

Cool, that's very sweet! I've never done a really kicked-up cake decoration, even in pastry school - we just made some beautiful gumpaste flowers, but never even tried buttercream flowers. Pity.

Anyway, looks good, hope it tasted as good as it looked!

Lis said...

What an adorable cake! I'll bet your sister was thrilled! Excellent job :D

Alanna said...

Curious AND creative, are you! What whimsy!!