Monday, August 3, 2009

The Baby Boy Cakes

My friend Kim (pregnant wife of the afformentioned Rob) is due in a few weeks (eek!) so I threw her a baby shower. At this shower, we discovered that the largest baby ever delivered was 23lb 12oz (ouch) and that it takes 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose (ew).

We also had cupcakes.

The Hendrick's Cake

My friend Rob and I share a natural affinity for a certain gin called Hendrick's. Actually, it's made me pretty snobby and now it's the only gin I'll drink. It's cucumber-y and full of goodness.

Anyway, it was his birthday and as I might have stated before, schoolteachers can have a little time on their hands in the summer, so I made him a cake that looked like a Hendrick's bottle. I wasn't super enthusiastic with the way it turned out, but I, like most other crafty-people, am never satisfied with my results. That and I had no #2 tip so my writing and detailing all had to come out the same.

For the record, I couldn't think of a good way to make it an actual Hendrick's-flavored cake. This was partially because Rob's wife is pregnant and that seemed mean, partially because there are lots of extremely uncultured people out there who don't like gin and partially because combining gin with powdered sugar and butter just sounded plain disgusting (as opposed to tequila, with which it matches nicely).


The First Birthday Cake

My niece turned one on July 11th. I originally planned a purple monkey face cake but then ran out of energy and skill (I think it leaves me during the summer). Instead she got a purple cake with fun candy animals. This was her own cake by the way, the rest of us got cupcakes. Of course, the most amusing part of this was the frosting. The frosting was a mish-mosh of about eight different frostings I had made in the past month or two. There was coconut, lime, vanilla, who knows what else... It was VERY sweet. The animals were made with melted mint chocolate candy pieces and candy molds.