19 April 2011

Zoë’s Party



Zoë had two cakes for her birthday. One for the actual birthday and another for her party last Saturday.  I was very indecisive and couldn’t make up my mind whether to buy a cake for her party or make one myself… and if I were to make one, what type of a cake it was going to be. 

I had bought some markers with edible ink and was itching to try them, but they could only work on fondant.  I thought making a fondant cake would be fairly simple.  Just knead, roll, and slap it on, right?  Well, that’s what I’d thought, too.  Wrong!  It was hard work.  Not something that I’d want to make again.  So to those of you who rock at making those wonderful fondant cakes, I take my hat off to you!  This was what Zoë’s cake on her actual birthday looked like.  Very basic, but it was “on brief” –pink (check), princess (check).  

pink-cake
{Applied Kim Klassen’s Sweet Treat and Silence textures}
 …and this one was the cake we had at her party.  It’s essentially the same cake I made for Josh’s party, but I cut it in half and stacked it before I frosted it.  If you’re thinking that the edges are not even, you’re right.  They  weren’t.  I basically just slathered the chocolate ganache all over the cake and tried to smooth it out as best I could.  I then just used various pink sprinkles to decorate.

Chocolate-chip-cookie-brownie-cake
  No, the cupcakes were not frosted evenly either.

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But that’s the best thing about kids, though.  They. don’t. much. care.

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As long as they had a party and they had cake and they had friends to play and celebrate with, all’s right with the world.

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Zoë was over the moon.
Photo credits:  Except for the first photo, all the photos in this post were courtesy of Waikay Lau, who happened to be visiting Hong Kong with his family and who so kindly offered to take pictures during the party.  Waikay’s the same one who took those lovely ballet photos of Zoë twirling away.

42 COMMENTS:

Ewa said...

so love your first cake, looks delicious :)

Jennifer Thompson said...

Beautiful job on the Cake!

Rachel said...

Love both cakes... and am suddenly hungry! :)

Susan said...

Oh, how pretty. I love the twirling shot, and cakes with massive amounts of frosting.

Life with Kaishon said...

I love the cakes. You are amazing. AMAZING! I can't believe you have such pretty handwriting. You are a true artist! I am so sorry I didn't link you up when I did the post! I meant to. I will make it up to you!

Michelle said...

My cousins and I made a birthday cake covered with fondant for the first time last month. It was a lot of work, but fun at the same time. Of course there were four of us working on one cake. :)

Happy Birthday to Zoe. I love all the shots but the one of her twirling in her party dress is divine!

Lisa said...

Now, my cousin works with fondant beautifully! For Me...fudge frosting is the only way to go. :) I would however LOVE a piece of the choc. ganache. Now pass me a piece of that cake please!

Love the picture of Zoe twirling! Beautiful!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

the cakes look delicious! I tried fondant once. you are right, it wasnt easy and I have never attempted it again. I think thats why I'm obsessed with all of the cake shows that are on TV...
looks like the kids had a blast!

i.ikeda said...

I love her dress! She looks so beautiful twirling like that. And both cakes look wonderful, I'd devour them. And you're absolutely right about kids, we worry so much more about this stuff then they do. :)

Glad to see the party was fun.

Dominique @Dominique's Desk said...

The cakes look great!! It took me quite a while to be able to decorate a fondant cake well (I'm still learning more each time I make one).. I'm sure the kids remember the party more for the fun then the cake they ate. Happy birthday Zoe.

Ashley Sisk said...

Everything looks so cute - I'm glad she had a fun birthday!

Anita Johnson said...

What a party...love that shot of the spin in the new dress!

FootPrints said...

Happy Birthday Princess!! Now send me some cake!

Keetha Broyles said...

Happy birthday, Zoe!

Jennifer Bowen said...

Your cakes are fantastic, B! Both are gorgeously decorated. I bet they tasted delicious, too. Love the twirling photo of Zoë! Everybody looks like they were having fun. Hurray for a happy birthday!

tinajo said...

Haha - you´re definately a hoot too, you just made me giggle like a crazy person here! :-D

Kids are awesome; so what if cakes doesn´t look like we grown ups intended - they still eat them! I actually think they looked great though! :-)

(Did I do correct with the Communal Global? I haven´t joined that before, am I supposed to do something more but linking?)

Angela@the crazyness that is me said...

Happy birthday! Love the dress twirl photo!!

Michelle said...

Oh I love the twirly dress shot! And who cares if the icing isn't even, it's the best part! lol. I bet that chocolatey cake was delicious!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Look at you with those awesome cakes! Such a fun celebration.

Ocean Soul said...

Twirly girl is adorable! The cakes looked beautiful too!

ArtsyCanvasGirl said...

What a wonderful mama you are!!! Good job on the cakes! and I love the twirly effect in the last picture. Zoe is adorable :) !!! xoxo

Katherine said...

Those cakes are unbelievable! And the shot of the twirl is nothing short of divine :) So so sweet. I'm sure she had a LOVELY day,

K xx

Dyche Designs said...

You're making me hungry with those cakes, looks like Zoe had a fun birthday. Here from Texture Tuesday.

Jessie said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Zoe! Love the new look of your blog. I see it on Google Reader but have just started visiting again as I have a little more time :) Have a great Tuesday!

Sarah said...

Looks like a great party! Love her cakes. :) She is so cute.

Kim said...

Such a fun looking party! Cakes are so yummy looking.

Nezzy said...

Both cakes are just beautiful and I adored the way the ganache just rolled of the cake!!! Delicious!

The youngens are havin' a blast and a half...ya can tell by the spark in their eyes and the smile on their faces!!! Great pictures a always!

Godb less ya and have a glorious day my sweet friend! :o)

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May said...

You are an amazing Mom!!! Josh and Zoe are truly blessed to have you as their mom..:)

Susan said...

Lots of hard work, but it paid off. These are awesome!! Happy Birthday Zoe!

sherri lynn said...

I've never made fondant either, so hats off to you for trying!! I love Zoë's dress! so cute!

Maddy said...

My sister-in-law does a lot of fondant work. I'm not a baker, but both you ladies make it look so easy :) And I think both your cakes are lovely!! Zoe is a lucky girl to have so a wonderful mama like you!

Wanda said...

Oh...that twirling dress, that ganache in abundance, Josh's little finger testig the cupcake frosting, the joy on all those sweet little faces - all in celebration of One.Sweet.Birthday.Girl.

Love it all!!!!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Your cakes look so wonderful! Great job. And I am sure they taste amazing too. I have never used fondant... but it looks fun. :) Love the birthday girl in her *adorable* dress. She is so sweet!! :)

Tamar SB said...

Those cakes look delicious! Love how you drew on the first one, super original! And her twirling in her dress, to die for!
Tamar

elizabeth said...

the cakes and the cup cakes look delicious - and your little one is lovely and looked so happy !!!! great captures

April said...

Wow...those cakes are gorgeous! You did such a good job! Sure looks like all the kids had a blast!

Run DMT said...

What a great party! Both cakes looked fabulous! Happy belated birthday, Zoe! xox

ModernMom said...

Oh she is looking so grown up!! Happy Birthday to your baby:)

Alicia said...

I'm so impressed at your first shot at fondant!! It looks really good, and I love your artwork!!! The chocolate cake looks so decadent!!!!!! YUM!

Aunt LoLo said...

Look at you go! And I LOVE her twirly dress!! *grin*

Sharon said...

Truly wonderful job on the cakes. Not only do they look great, they look delicious too!

Serline said...

Looks like the party was a smashing success, and those cakes are wonderful! I don't bake, so I can only look on and admire... for our birthdays, I'm happy to let the hubby get the cakes from Banyan Tree where he works ;-)

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