My baby turned 4 yesterday boohoohoo…
It’s SO bittersweet as she is now no longer a baby and she is my last so I’m gonna miss that aspect, but by the same token she is now onto a bigger, better and more adventurous phase of her life! She has always had such a big personality though with SO many interests so it’s hard sometimes to come up with one theme for her cakes.
The last three cakes were completely up to me, so I have been lucky that I got to do what I wanted to with the designs haha. Of course I always tried to include things I know she loves like characters from her comforter for her 1st birthday, Mickey Mouse and the gang on her 2nd birthday cake and purple and yellow, two of her favourite colours, on her last cake.
This year though, I was really stumped… She loves alphabets and numbers but I felt that might be a tad boring for a cake. She loves Legos and Minecraft but I really didn’t want to do either of those because of all the potential dots or piddly squares which in either case, would entail a case of total “tedium-boredom” with the addition of crossed-eyes for weeks haha. She loves all kinds of shows but there isn’t one clear cut favourite. She does love Mickey still and always has, but again for selfish reasons I wasn’t inclined to do another Mickey cake either.
So I decided to just let her design her own cake this year by telling me what she wanted it to have. Well she had very clear and specific ideas and was very thorough too!! Score! All I had to do was come up with something that would tie in a blue coloured cake, a rainbow or rainbow colours, a number 4, green flowers and (dun dun dun…) Mickey on top…sigh, lol. Ok, well I had to concede on that last request as it WAS her cake and I WAS letting her design it this year, after all. It was not going to be easy but I was determined to come up with a design that would tie it all in while still being cohesive and girly!
And Fate intervened on her cake too, kind of sort of… We were out shopping a few weeks before her birthday and her brother (Mr. 11) saw a Tsum Tsum Mickey plush toy at the Disney Store and knowing how she loved the Tsum Tsum short videos on TV, suggested that he get it for her as her early birthday present (awww so sweet, I KNOW!) Well, she has not really put down her Tsum Tsum Mickey since and EUREKA! I had a replacement for the 3D Mickey I was going to have top her cake (YAY!!)
There was a tiny mishap with the topper though, not because of the last minute change but more because of my bad habit of procrastination…
The topper did not have ample time to dry completely, so it was still a tad soft when I assembled it and stood him up. It would have been fine had I just left him to air dry the rest of the time before the party, but I thought I’d be smart and do one extra step to avoid having the purples on the cake fade, by covering it with a black bag even though it wasn’t necessary given my trick for adding extra deep pink (see this previous blog post on preventing your purples from fading). Well, I did NOT account for the build up of humidity inside the bag which in turn, softened the topper further so that the ears drooped forward and eventually cracked and fell off. Luckily it was a personal cake so a lousy patch job was all that was needed and voila! the topper stood again. Lesson learned for next time though.
To incorporate the rainbow aspect of her request, I decided to use my V-Petal ruffles (see previous post for the mini-tutorial). After I came up with those, I immediately wanted to try it with rainbow colours so it was a win-win to use them on my daughter’s cake…well, she didn’t say it HAD to be an actual rainbow lol! The colours are tedious to mix but it was much easier than mixing from white with gel colours because I used the Satin Ice pre-coloured fondant. I wanted slightly less intense colours so most of them I had to remix with either white to tone down the intensity, or with other colours to get the tone I wanted.
Here is another angle of her cake. It just shows the topper a bit better because the number 4 plaque on the first pic kind of makes the Tsum Tsum Mickey topper look like his mouth is wide open in surprise haha!
And here is my baby with her Tsum Tsum and her cake…
Thanks for reading and Happy Caking Y’ALL!!