Last weekend was my niece’s 5th birthday. The theme of the party was Puss In Boots, as that is my niece’s favorite movie. My sister-in-law asked if I would make a cake that would incorporate the three main characters from the movie, as well as the beanstalk. Children’s cakes are my favorite so I was really excited to make something that would thrill my niece and also be a focal point of the party.
I immediately thought of the scene in the movie when the beanstalk first shoots up into the sky and the characters get swept into the clouds. I decided to make a cloud cake with the beanstalk coming up through it and the characters sitting on the cloud. At first I was just going to have the cloud on a cake board but then I decided that it would be way more exciting if the cloud were actually floating in the sky. So I talked through my idea with my structural designer (a.k.a. my husband) and he helped me figure out the best way to support it. The final result was a 3 foot cake that looked more like a sculpture than a cake. My niece loved it and it was definitely the talk of the party.
I took pictures throughout the construction of the cake as well as the sculpting of the characters so I will be posting information on how I created this cake scene in upcoming blog entries. But for now, I just wanted to share some pictures of the final product with you.
Close up of Humpty Dumpty:
Puss In Boots:
And my niece’s favorite, Kitty Softpaws:
I loved the way the beanstalk turned out.
I covered the board with a vinyl covering instead of fondant. That made it easier to handle while transporting and was more cost effective, but did cause a little wrinkling.
My niece with her special cake. She was really excited and grabbed everyone who walked in the door and dragged them over to see her cake. That made my whole day!
This picture is a little blurry but I had to share it. The kids just couldn’t keep their hands off the cake. They were so excited to touch the characters. Notice the red fingerprints on the cloud. This is why I didn’t do many cakes when my kids were that age, it was almost impossible to keep their fingers off. I love seeing the fascination in their eyes. Sometimes I wish I could still look at this world with the eyes of a child.
The final aftermath, and proof that the kids enjoyed eating it as much as they enjoyed touching it.
I’ll try to get instructions for this cake posted soon so keep an eye out for them.
Until next time, God Bless and Sweet Dreams.