Saturday, March 17, 2012

Portal Cake

My younger brother David just had his 17th birthday, I wanted to make him a cool cake so I decided on the 'companion cube'. It is from the video game Portal, David loves that game and it so happens that I do too  : )

I started off with making marshmallows for the marshmallow fondant. I have never worked with fondant before and heard that the marshmallow kind tasted the best, so that is what I made.

I needed to get a square cake pan (how did I not have one already?!) I'm cheap, so even though this would be a four layer cake, I just got one pan... 

4 hours of baking/cooling time later, the chocolate agave cakes were ready to be frosted! David's favorite color is orange, that that is what I made the inner frosting. The frosting was a 'cream-cheese frosting' folded into sweetened whipped cream, sorry I don't have a recipe I just made it up as I went (It turned out really good though) The key thing is you need a lot of it...

I frosted the middle of each cake liberally but you also have to frost all of the outside so the fondant will stick to it.

The fondant was a little tricky to work with, but it was fun to try something new. After I rolled it out and cut the pieces, I would get them a little wet so that they would stick to each other better.

The fondant part of decorating the cake took me about 3 hours to do (that was with the fondant already being made) The cake didn't turn out perfect but it was pretty good for my first time!

The Cake was a big hit with everyone!
And the slices were huge...


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Crib Skirt.

Both Chantel and Helena have been trying to find ways to make their nurseries extra cute and give some personality to the room. A colorful way is to add a crib bumper but those are a suffocation hazard and it is recommended that you don't use them, so back to square one... And then I saw this cute tutorial on making a crib skirt and just like that, we had the perfect thing for the room!

Chantel loved the idea of having pleats, she already had some brown curtains in the room and I had some leftover striped fabric for the chair, so the colors were all set. (the blue in the middle is hidden under the mattress and is just a scrap piece holding everything together)  

I was trying to do everything for as cheap as possible, so I went to target and checked out their curtain section. Luck was on my side, they had the same brown curtain that Chantel had in the widow and they were on sale too! $4 later I had everything I needed :)   

The tutorial was pretty good and fairly easy to follow. I didn't line the skirt (like they suggest) and I think it still turned out fine, I also made the skirt shorter then the tutorial says to, Chantel's crib had slightly diffrent dimensions (so make sure to measure the crib before you start!!)  

It turned out really cute and went very well in the nursery. It is great to add color, style and also hide all that storage space! When Helena comes out in May for her Utah baby shower, I am going to make one for her to take back with her!