Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I found a new desert.

A few days ago I found Bakerella and I fell in love with the cake balls.   I thought they'd be perfect for a party we're having on Saturday night.   Today I decided to do my test run.   I chose to use triple chocolate fudge cake with vanilla frosting.  To top it off I dipped them in white chocolate. 

The above picture proves that B isn't the photographer he likes to pretend he is.   Maybe at the age of 4 he'll do better. 

They're not the prettiest but they're yummy.  So yummy that my taste testers (the neighbors) have requested more! 

A few of my cakes

One night I was watching a cake show and decided that I could do that.   Ummmmmm..... it was harder than I thought.   So I am slowly teaching myself cake decorating.   These are a few of the cakes that I've made.  I'm hoping to add many more! 

What was I thinking when I decided to make this the first cake I attempted.  Z really wanted a red race car cake for his 3rd birthday.    It turned out better than I thought it would when I was 1/2 way done.  

Just two days before his birthday Z decided he wanted an elephant cake!  The elephant on the cake had to have a watermelon like the ones at the zoo did.  I made candy clay to make all of the figures.  Another first but it was enjoyable. 
Please ignore the horrible handwriting!  That's next on my list I think. 

Q is pretty simple when it comes to his birthday cakes.  As long as it has lots of frosting and it's blue he's happy.  Poor kid was sick with hand, foot and mouth disease on his birthday so I made this to cheer him up.   

He then became obsessed with Lightning McQueen so I had to make another one.  
I made it special for him! 
Brody is just now catching on to requesting special cakes.  This year was pizza.  

Zander is pondering his cake for this year.  He had been talking about something simple like a baseball but has decided it needs to be more.  

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sidewalk paint

Last week the boys and I made sidewalk paint.   It was simple and they had lots of fun with it.   The best part is they weren't restricted on what they could paint since it washes away.   Brody decided to paint all my flowers and the tomatoes.  To make some all you need to do is mix 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup water and some food coloring.   It's easiest to make in a jar or bottle that you can just shake it up.

Here are the boys painting.

My next project is sidewalk chalk.   I'm hoping to get it started tonight since it needs time to dry.

Sidwealk Chalk

I found a recipe for easy to make sidewalk chalk and thought I'd give it a try.   

1 Cup plaster of paris
3/4 Cup Water
Tempra paint

*** This recipe will make enough to fill 5 of the small disposable cups.*** For me it was perfect since everything is color coded around here. 

I decided to use powdered tempra paint instead of liquid just for fun.   I was surprised that making sidewalk chalk could be so easy!   Why haven't I tried this before?    The only thing I would do different is not use the plastic cups.  I think paper would be better to help draw out some of the moisture from the middle.  The boys are still complaining that the middles are wet.   Oh well.