Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our princess Jordan's 4th birthday bash

Finally, Jordan's birthday is here! Lots of preparations and excitement. Here is the table with lots of candies and toys...party favors and party loot! My cricut cut-outs turned out just perfect for the theme!
Aww...our princess Jordan!

I love those Ariel theme centerpieces.
Lots of toys for girls and boys!

Meet Jordan's family: Her daddy and girlfriend Vanessa (what are the odds...she has the same name as my niece Vanessa- Jordan's mom!), and
half-sister Mel!

That's me with my labor of love castle cake with the birthday girl! This was a lot of work but more love was put into it!

3 cakes! Oh my goodness. Her dad ordered one, of course, then Mel's mom brought one, and the one I made...the castle cake!  I didn't tell them I was (attempting to make) making one, just in case it didn't turn out right. LOL

She must feel so thrilled blowing out her birthday candles! The kids were so excited for her!

They set up a crafting table under the shade which was really clever! Some of the kids made art project with glitters and colored makers and paper and glue.

Jordan and her sister Mel posing in front of Ariel penata.

Penata fun! Hit it, Jordan!
Ariel's jumper...a party won't be complete without the jumper!

Jumping for joy and fun!
Special quest appearances by Ariel and Snow White, who were awesome with games and face painting!.

Pretty picture of Jordan with Ariel and Snow White, grandmas and granpas, sister and aunts.
Such an awesome and fun birthday celebration for Jordan! I hope you enjoyed these pictures. Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Castle Cake Challenge: Day 4 ...Tada!!!!

Wow...I can't believe I made it!!! Not bad for a first time attempt to use fondant on 2 layered cake! This shot was taken at the party itself, and if you would notice, the tiny flags on the peaks are complete! (huh...details!)  By the way, this is 4-part challenge I gave myself, so I'm hoping you read the first 3 parts of this.

This angle shot shows the back of the castle... the windows were there because I have to cover the big cracks on the fondant! The first fondant I made (for the 6" cake) was a bit thick and it cracked. I just have to hide some imperfections by using the windows and some icing trimmings. The second fondant (for the 10" cake) was alot better.
I put Ariel candle on top of the cake by the columns, added a couple of fondant shells and a store-bought Flounder.

It took me about 6 hours to finish, from baking~ 2- 6" yellow cakes and 2- 10" chocolate cakes, (my mistake: I only have 1 of each size of pan! duh! so I had to bake the cake 1 at a time!), cooling time, crumb coating, rolling the fondant, putting it on the cakes and decorating it. I added the finishing touches at Jordan's house. Of course, most of the preparations for the decorations were done 3-4 days ago. The research on how to make it through google and watching You Tube tutorial is totally a different story! I did that for several hours...felt like most of my waking hours! (Okay, not really.) But give or take 2 weeks.  I went shopping for the stuff and tools I needed for this project ( the week before I was going to bake this castle cake) at Michael's which happen to have 50% sale on baking stuff with coupons! yipee!

I used smashed and crushed vanilla wafers and brown sugar for the sand with a little bit of chocolate sprinkles for a little color. I thought of using my beige throw around the bottom of the cake as it's the perfect color to match the sand.

Some of those seashells are made with fondant. I used candy mold, put a little bit of cornstarch so it doesn't stick, press the fondant to shape it, brush off the cornstarch and viola, instant seashells!

This cake was quite heavy, I was just happy I was able to transport it from my house to Jordan's house, which was approximately 12 miles, it took me about 20 minutes! I put a couple of sand bags (I use those at my flower shop when we deliver), and it helped hold the cake. My daughter was watching it making sure it's pretty stable in the back if my van.
Well, thanks for letting me share this challenge with you! It's now, my accomplishment! Woot woot!
Check out photos taken at Jordan's party! It was a blast!
Have a beautiful day!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Castle Cake Challenge: Day 3

Ugh...I cannot wait for another day! I couldn't concentrate at work today...because I'm so excited to work on the castle! I cannot bake the cakes yet, as it's still too early.
So for now, I'm finishing the rest of the decorations, under the sea theme. I bought those plastic candy molds with seashell and starfish designs. I used (ready to use) fondant, knead them like clay, and shape them on the mold. Corn starch helps so it's not sticky.I'm loving it!

Also, I changed my mind. The peaks look so plain with just the blue spiral, so I decided to cover the thing with purple glitter! I didn't really put thick glitter so it will look more like it's under water.  More work...more mess. Ahhh!

Med and I have been calling each other back and forth this morning. I could tell she's as excited. She gave me more last minute tips. It's a little confusing when you get different instructions from "You Tube" bakers, so it helps when I could really talk to an experienced baker for my unending questions. I'm quite confident I can really pull this off. (I'm still crossing my fingers, though!)

Now... looking at all these prep work, I know it's going to be okay.
See you tomorrow for the great reveal!!!

Good night for now. I'll have sweet dreams! zzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Castle Cake Challenge: Day 2

Second day, whew! I went to pick up a few more stuff at Michael's after work, and decided, I'm just going to do some decoration details. I put purple dots on the center of the flowers and used the green icing for leaves and also use it to adhere the flowers on the turrets to give a little decorations on the window sills.

I just did a spiral glitter in blue on these peaks, instead of covering the whole thing.

Hmm...it looks pretty already.

I picked up green icing for the leaves and purple (I'm glad the other Michael's has them) for the center of flowers.

Okay, tomorrow...I'll prepare the rest of the decors, and make little flags for the peaks.
Alright..I'm going to bed now. I'm sure I would be dreaming of this castle cake again! 'Been dreaming of it lately...some funny, and some not so funny!  hahaha...Good night! =)