Oh boy, The holiday was such a blast....even if I sleep deprived myself to make others smile.
I have such an addiction, I must confess.......I love making designer cakes. There I said it, is there someone that I can talk to??? What do I do about it??? Should I tell someone that I
see visions of things in my head and am obsessed making them come to life???
Well. I must say, I must give props to my mom. I know today is about remembering what the holiday is about, but as part of that, I have to remember, how I was raised. So let me back track
some. Growing up with a creative and crazy mom (crazy in the best way) she just pulled things and ideas just out of no where. I mean, now I see where I get it from, she's always been very creative. When you have an idea that just won't leave your mind, until
your mind makes you do something about it....like putting your thoughts to paper. Well that's how my mom has always been. The wheels turning with thoughts.
Growing up, it was my sister Mendi & I, later we adopted Maryanne. But for the 1st part of my life, Mendi and I had the neatest time in the kitchen with my mom. We had regular toys and books,
like normal kids. But our coloring books and crayons....were cookie sheet pans & piping bags of frosting. Mom would have worked on a cake and then what was left over with frosting, she'd put it on the table and say "have at it!" Mendi and I would sit there
playing at the table and draw stick figures, sunshine on some flowers...you name it, we tried to draw it. Then when the board was filled up, mom would come over, take the board to the trash(if there was any left from dipping our fingers in the frosting & ate
it), scrap the board off and say, "have at it" again, and we would draw something new.
That was our past time. I try to do that with my kids, but now a days but they get pre-occupied with games, the cats, the puppy, TV or each other, that it's hard for them to sit with patience.
But now that I work with fondant making leaves and flowers, I see them slowly tickling in and wanting to play at the dining room table.
So, my in laws planned a gathering of my husband's siblings and other family members. And I choose to do what I do....make cakes. Here's my adventure into making a "memorable" Memorial holiday
cake with photos and captions, on how I got there and with what. Enjoy.
Leftover green gum paste(from a previous cake), that I used to make a pickle. Tinted with various colors.
Fake-out hamburger patty, using a No Bake Cookie Recipe
I took half the quick cooking oats out of the recipe and added rice crisp cereal for the added affect that fat gives to meat when you make a patty. I then tinted with brown food paste color & used Torani Vanilla Flavored Syrup for diluting the color to get
it to spread through the cracks and crevices. Then added fake black burn marks from the grill.
The marshmallows were fun! I painted diluted black food color paste(mixed with Torani Flavored syrup) on the marshmallows, then quickly rolled in confectioners' sugar, dropped on wax paper, and smacked the mallow down to get the excess off of it, until it looked
like the above photo and the mallow flattened some. Which is fine because I was making it look like a charcoal briquette.
I made a 2 layer cake, cut and carved out a center. Iced with frosting, covered in fondant. I didn't fondant the center of the pit, so that it had that rustic looking pit. Filled the center with my fake charcoal, then actually sprinkled with Halloween large
circular sprinkles for "flame heat affect", covered the cake with a real wire rack to act like a grill grate.
Then topped the grate with fake-out hamburger patties, fondant hot dog links(with grill mark affects). Then added the pickle and covered the board in black fondant
The burger was fun to customize. Notice, the patty has a chunk missing? Yeah, well I had it completely done, painted and just put the fake cheese on it, when I turned and tripped over my cat, and squeezed of a corner off. The
cakes for it hadn't been covered yet, so I cut out notches on the bottom and top bun to make it look like someone bit the burger.
The hamburger assembled was this. Real cake buns covered in fondant; fondant lettuce, tomatoes, cheese. Sprinkled with real sesame seeds. I took the buns and hand brushed extra color to tint it as close as possible to "baked
bread" color. The fondant was already custom colored, just needed that extra boost.
The hot dog & chip basket...I soo got a hysterical laugh from my mom. When she called me after sending her a photo through my cell phone...was asking me "what was what?", I made with every part of my cake display..I had to tell
her, just as I'm telling y'all from above. That I carved all the cakes including the hot dog bun, it was made with 2 mini loaf cakes, cut into 2/3rds, iced and joined. Then I carved it into shape, iced it, and covered in fondant. Placed a fondant hot dog
wiener on it, then tinted it to again look the part. And this is the part my mother, went hysterical on me. I told her I even did the pickle relish too, out of chopped up gummy worms... ;-) She laughed so hard. That it made me totally smile when she said,
she'd never thought to do that. It took a bit, but I did it. And added some food coloring mixed with Torani syrup. Placed it on the dog & added quick royal icing for the "mustard & ketchup". Placed it in the basket with "real' BBQ potato chips.
There you have it. Having my mom call me and telling me what an awesome job I did made my day. And then to see the looks on my husbands family when we got over to their house. Just really put things in place, that I'm not crazy
for loving to do this. There is an explanation on why I find myself really obsessed with doing this sort of thing. It was how I was raised ;-)
My mother in law, Bonnie~she's so cute and sweet. She told me, that we needed NOT to cut into it, I needed to display it somewhere, because it was too pretty to eat. We did finally eat the cake after a wonderful day, outside around
the fire pit, roasting real hot dogs and s-mores. And playing croquette & watching the kids play soccer with our little Chihuahua, Prince(he was the hoot!) It really put some memories on board. And I'm truly blessed.