Birthdays and Birthdays!

Twas a busy busy week of baking and decorating. I had an order of 4 dozen cupcakes for a 3 year old boy’s birthday due Thursday night and my nieces’ 3rd birthday on Saturday! Tried all new recipes but luckily to say, they turned out better than expected 🙂

For Zach’s cupcakes, I used a orange cake with white icing decorated with a mish mosh of shavings and crumbs.
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Some of Zach’s birthday cupcakes

After the warm up, came the real challenge. Every year (for the past few years), I’ve been making birthday cakes for the twins. And after every year, I try to top my last. This year, the theme was ‘Minnie Mouse Boutique.’ So at least that’s all figured out. But even then, I was struggling between making the face of minnie as the cake, a mini minnie sitting on top of the cake, or a minnie cake. After looking through ideas online, nothing sparked my interested. Then finally, I decided to go for the gusto.
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I’ve worked with fondant before, but this was my first attempt for making a large scale doll. I knew fondant wouldn’t be stiff enough, so to make the head and body, I knew I needed something stiff. So I tried using rice krispie & special k mixed with marshmallow for the first time.

Recipe for the head and body:
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
32 large marshmallows (~ half the bag)
1 teaspoon of water
6-1/2 cups of rice krispie/special k
Crisco

Use oil to line bottom of microwavable bowl, add marshmallows and water then microwave for 20-30seconds. Stir and repeat until melted. Add 6 cups of cereal and mix until desired texture (add another 1/2 cup if needed).

Cover hands with crisco to keep it from sticking. Form balls, lightly wrap it with suran wrap and let it sit to cool before moulding further.

After resting, mould until desired!

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After shaping, I covered the head with modeling chocolate.

Recipe Chocolate clay:
~10oz chocolate (coarsely chopped chunks or chips)
1/3 cup light corn syrup

In a microwavable bowl, heat the chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until melted, not bubbly (~ 3 to 4 times).

Stir syrup in until mixed (do not over mix). Place a 1″ thick layer on parchment paper to cool ~ 1 hour. Then, mould as you wish!

The clay is quite soft, so for the clothes, I used fondant for some structure.

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After making the head and body, I put them together for a quick check for proportions – perfect.

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Then I made the cake. I used a lemon pound cake. I wanted 4 layers, so I used pound cake for it’s density. Covered with fondant… ready for tomorrow’s final assembly!

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Final touches on minnie including lashes, doka dots on her clothes, trimming and cuffs.

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Ta da!

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