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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Little Handbag Cake

With all the word blocks I've been doing lately, I bet you are wondering if I do anything else! I promise, I truly am a schizophrenic crafter - like all of them and can't just focus on one! I do have to admit I've been having a great time with all the different designs with word blocks. However my little girl's 9th birthday forced me to focus on something else: a cake, a little purse cake to be exact:

I just wanted to encourage all you crafters to break out into new ground, if you haven't already! I have heard people say: "oh, I couldn't possibly do that". Whether the "that" is decorating cakes or painting, I want to encourage you to give it a try. No, you may never be Michelangelo, but I think you just might surprise yourself!

Take cakes for instance. No, I don't think I'd ever want to do it professionally, but it sure has expanded my horizons and stretched me! Like almost anything now days, there are some great tutorials on-line. With that and a little willingness to expand your horizons, I think you will surprise yourself. Here are a couple of other recent cakes I've done:

I wish I would have thought to take pictures of the process, but I wasn't thinking "tutorial" at the time. I was thinking "I've got to hurry up and get this cake done before the party!"

When I branched out into fondant, I discovered the pre-made kind that you can purchase is pretty expensive and not all that great tasting. Then I found a great recipe for fondant using marshmallows! Here is the link to that tutorial from the Cake Journal.
One thing I've learned through playing around with my kiddo's birthday cakes and fondant is that if you want the frosting to  be stiff, you need to use gum paste. I do purchase gum paste pre-made because it's not something your going to eat - it hardens up quite nicely. You buy the gumpaste in "white" and then can just mix your food coloring paste into it to get the desired color.
Ok, I hope I've inspired you to just try something you never thought you could do. You just might surprise yourself!

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  1. Happy FMF! I am already a follower, but wanted to stop in and say hello. Those cakes are AMAZING! Can I hire you for my girls birthday's..lol

  2. Those cakes are SO adorable! Now following you through Follow Me Friday!


  3. WOW! Those are awesome!
    Stopping by from Trendy Treehouse to say Hi!
    I am adding you so I can come back & read more!
    Please stop by!

  4. Oh I love Addie's cake. It turned out just a cute as all the rest. I am so behind on birthday cards and such...tell her I didn't forget. I still have Schelley's as well. Now Kamisha and Loretta's is coming up. Drat!

  5. Follow Me Friday follower. Great crafts and cakes, you are super talented. Can't wait to see more.


  6. Hi, I'm your newest Friday follower!

    Come visit me at Mom-et-al.com



  7. Stopping in for a visit, love your cake post. I agree, you'd be surprised at what you can do. I decorate cakes also, it's so rewarding to make a beautiful cake for someone you love...and to see their eyes light up...!


  8. Your cakes are ADORABLE!! You are VERY talented!

  9. Hi, found your great blog through Follow Me Friday. I'm now following! Happy Weekend!


  10. Oh my word! You are an amazing cake decorator! Those are killer cute!! I'm sure she loved the purse, the bees are incredible!

  11. Stopping by from Follow Me Friday! Great blog! Hope you can visit and follow mine, too!

  12. I LOVE the cakes!! They look great!! One of my sisters has been making cakes and doing the fondant also and she is great at it!! I haven't tryed yet - but I think I will put it on my list!! Thank you for encouraging me!! And once again - WOW!!! Your cakes are WONDERFUL!!!!

  13. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my menu planner. These cakes are amazing you are very talented:)

  14. Your cakes are sooooo STINKIN CUTE...luv the little handbag!


  15. Love your cakes, and I bet they all did too!

    Also, your paintings on your banner are wonderful!!
    Love the little snow guy on the black skates.
    Makes me almost miss painting. (But, after 26 years, I'm having fun doing a lot of other creative things now.)


    barbara jean