Even though we didn't win, Mikaelah and I had a great time baking and decorating for the contest. Mine was a lemon cake that looked like a golf course, and Mikaelah took on a swimming pool-themed "Milky Way" cake.
And here we are standing proudly over our cakes at the left and right.
No, we can't claim the lovely fondant cake in the middle. One day, though, we'll be able to make stellar cakes like that! ... But we can make cute and creative ones like this!
My votes definitely went to Mikaelah on this one. It was only the second cake she'd ever baked, and it turned out GREAT and absolutely adorable, too.
I'm mean, using chocolate frosted doughnuts as inner-tubes for the "people" to float on? Precious.
And of course, the crafty and creative one that she is, she added stickers!
My reaction when I saw how cute they looked at the edge of her cake? Ummm, I believe it was something along the lines of "No fair!!" (I wanted stickers on mine, too!) She's just so darn creative and clever.
She might have earned points on her use of fun stickers, but I got bonus points for saving the day. As she was carrying her cake into the competition, she noticed that one of the little swimmer's bikini was made of (gasp!) two different colored Dot candies! Oh no! (She's the brunette seen here in the back middle.)
I assured her that it would look like we meant it to be that way. But Mikaelah would have none of it.
But of course, me being the mom I am, I had an emergency bag. And what just so happened to be in said emergency bag? Backup candy, including two of the same colored blue, and rather large, gumballs.
Here she is, post-surgery.
And now for my cake.
Mine was a lemon layer cake. Two 8-inch rounds on the bottom, and two 6-inch rounds on the top. In between the layers was a very yummy lemon frosting. =)
Don't get stuck in the stand trap! It was made complete with a golf tee (made from two white Smarties candies), the green (made from green sugar crystals), the flag waving in the wind (pretzel and Fruit by the Foot) and of course the hole (a single M&M turned upside down). And don't forget the golf balls (white Sixlets candies).
"Banana" and her cake
"Lala" and her cake
Here's the recipe Mikaelah used for her "Milky Way" Cake. (This is the way to make it if you're not adding fun decorations to the top. If using decorations like our little swimmers playing in the sun, you'll want to use a thicker frosting. She used two cans of white whipped frosting, tinted blue):
1 dark chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients used to make it, such as eggs, oil and water)
1/2 small can sweetened condensed milk
caramel sundae topping
1 tub whipped topping
Bake cake according to package directions. Allow to cool, then poke holes throughout top of cake, using either a candy stick or toothpick.
Pour condensed milk over top of cake, then topping it off with the caramel.
Evenly spread the whipped topping over the cake. Enjoy!
***We're really happy to have participated in this great contest. Not only did we get to experiment with recipes, techniques and creativity, but we also were able to help out a great cause.
Happy baking, everyone!