Sweet Little Spaceman

spaceman cookie set

Oh dear, the summer definitely came, and in a blink turned into crinkly yellow leaves flitting around the sidewalk. Darn it! There were so many bright, hopeful happy color creations I could have blogged about, if only the manufactured “beach” smell of off brand sunscreen and preschoolers running too close to the pool weren’t distracting me…. So I come to you now a few projects behind but I can affirm that this little spaceman set is right off the presses! Just as soon as school started, a friend asked for help celebrating her 5-year-old son’s mid-September birthday with a blast
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Summertime cakes!

Before the days of swimsuits drying on the back deck and homemade popsicles slip into school hours and talk of Halloween costumes, I wanted to share a couple of my “summertime cakes,” made to celebrate little girls who were lucky enough to be born in the summer, when a pool party will always make the short list…. The first cake was made for just that – a pool birthday party –  with (you guessed it) a BEACH BALL theme! Everything was done in bright primary colors and the birthday girl bounced into age 5 with a fondant enrobed chocolate cake,
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Holy Batman birthday!

Who knew if you pressed the matte photo editing button enough times, you could make a cookie look like it appeared out of the darkness, like a beacon to the masses looking for a hero? Not me. Until now: My son Ty spends many of his waking hours trying on different superhero identities. This week – the week he happened to turn five years old – Ty is Batman. Sending signals into the night, rushing off to the Bat Cave, and requesting an all-Batman birthday party. For his party favors, I did a simple yellow oval cookie and added the
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Minecraft fondant cake

Just this weekend I had opportunity to make my first post-primer fondant cake.  Another cousin’s son, S, (it’s a big family) turned 11 last week and he wanted a white cake with chocolate frosting/filling. And in true pre-teen fashion, S left the rest to me.  I know from past baking experiences that he likes fondant. S actually likes the sugary flat taste of fondant, which tells me that there’s a still a lot of kid in that kid. (: While I still had S’s attention at the last family gathering, I asked him what he liked. And silly, non-gaming me,
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Fake cake and fondant fundamentals

Almost good enough to eat. This past weekend I took a great five-hour “Beginning Fondant” class, instructed by the owner of Carolyn’s Cake Decorating, the one and only cake decorating store in my town.  With all the bows, quilting detail, and pale pink roses, the finished product would have been perfect for my grandmother, if only she had a taste for styrofoam! We learned the fundamentals of fondant work, including rolling and placement on the cake, storage, fondant choices and a few decorating techniques.  I had my missteps, but all in all, I feel ready to attack fondant with fervor! Here’s
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