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Memorial Day Fun! 
May 28, 2012 11:33 am 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 6:31 am
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 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 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.
May 28, 2012 12:21 pm
WOW!!!! Holy cow, are you talented!!! That looks like something you would see on Cake Wars or some such show. Good for you!!! We're neighbors, sorta- I'm in Ridgefield, WA.
May 28, 2012 12:23 pm
May 28, 2012 12:53 pm
How cool!
May 28, 2012 3:11 pm
Simply amazing. I was showing DW your photos this morning and now a blog. What an added bonus.
May 28, 2012 5:01 pm
No doubt the Cake Boss is in trouble.
May 28, 2012 5:50 pm
Oh Melissa - you are an artist-extraordinaire!!! The photos are amazing!! I'm glad you had a great holiday - - and yes, you are blessed and I am continuing to pray for you and your family - Love you girl!!
May 28, 2012 7:22 pm
Everything looks fabulous. I love how mistakes can be turned into opportunities for more creativity. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.
May 29, 2012 3:16 am
That is amazing!! Wow! What a super job you did - you are one creative person!!
May 29, 2012 3:20 am
OMG...Melissa! I just saw these this morning in the photos of the day, they looked so real, then of course I read, Fondant. So I had to click on your profile for a closer look and found this blog. I am truly amazed at your creativeness. The marshmallows look like real coals, and the goodness! You are simply the most talented creative person, someone needs to pay you for such art.
May 29, 2012 3:26 am
Thank you guys...even though I give my props to my mom for the life style she help me pursue....I have to give Toni Jo...the props for showing me a cake that looked like a grill. She is one of my inspirators in my life as well as many many others, that help hone my skilz (as someone put it~hehehe she knows who she is)....I have to thank her for showing me cake photos. Love y'all.
May 29, 2012 4:12 am
Great job. You are so very talented. A real artist, for sure. I don't think I could have cut into this 'cake'. Very impressive.
May 29, 2012 4:39 am
I was already amazed by the photo, but I was eating every word of this story with my eyes! I love the way you made your idea come to life! An artist indeed!
May 29, 2012 5:44 am
Thanks for sharing this Melissa. You should be so proud of this work of art Missy:)
May 29, 2012 5:47 am
Miss 7 Up-I was a bit puzzled when I was looking at the photos of your BBQ Food and read marshmallow fondant. The hamburger looked like a real hamburger! LOL! You are truly an artist! Wonderful job!
May 29, 2012 5:50 am
I still am in awe, and I've looked at this several times now. This is totally amazing! You are so talented! AND patient!
May 29, 2012 6:10 am
Amazing - I can't imagine spending all that time creating something so fun and beautiful and then watching someone eat it! lol Although, I would have gone for a piece of the hamburger. Well done mis7up - thanks for blogging about it and posting pictures.
May 29, 2012 6:13 am
That is so awesome...I need to be on Cake Wars!
May 29, 2012 6:20 am
Girl - okay, now I can pick my jaw up off the floor. You are something else - I so admire your talent! Right now, I have the pouty lips - SO NOT FAIR :D You are the BEST Mis7up!
Deb C 
May 29, 2012 6:54 am
Incredible! To say I’m in awe is an understatement. That is so creative, fun, beautiful, whimsical, decorative, delicious . . . I agree with your mother-in-law, I’d hate to cut into such a work of art. Melissa, I’m so impressed with your talent. Thanks for sharing!
May 29, 2012 7:20 am
WOW! Artistic and edible! And you take good pics. You have the eye for art. Sounds like you have a fun life. Keep it up!
May 29, 2012 7:32 am
You are amazing!
May 29, 2012 7:36 am
Terrific job 7up! You're doing what you Love and it shows! WTG! ! CONGRATS
May 29, 2012 8:31 am
AMAZING! How fun!!! You are SO talented!
May 29, 2012 8:46 am
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I called Hubby to see your work and he agrees. He said you are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
May 29, 2012 9:21 am
I can't believe how realistic your cakes look! I think my son who is so picky but of course loves cake, would be afraid to eat it. He would never believe me when I told him it was cake! Great job and it looks like so much fun! Fun for you of course. For me there would be a lot of foul language and odd shaped items!
May 29, 2012 9:25 am
Your work is absolutely amazing...such patience! Fantastic job!!! =)
May 29, 2012 10:59 am
What can I say that hasn't already been said??? Truly an amazing creation...Your mom had a hand in allowing her kids to be creative. Hugs to her too!!! It must have been fun to have her allowing her children to make a mess...Some of us weren't as lucky.
May 29, 2012 11:17 am
Thank you Melissa, for explaining the steps. I know I've been pestering you on FB for details on how you did this or that! I don't have the patience that a project like this takes, so I'll just live vicariously through you! Well done!
May 29, 2012 12:21 pm
That is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. We have a lady here in my home town that can do gret things as far as decorating cakes. Hers do not hold a candle to yours. Congragulations Melissa.
May 29, 2012 12:38 pm
I am also very glad you took the time to write your blog - it's such a great thing you found your calling!!!! To think you can make a career out of this is so very neat. They always say, find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life. Thanks, Melissa!
May 29, 2012 1:05 pm
WOW!!!!! the out pour of comments. Holy COW! Thank y'all all for the comments and support of my so called passion. Do click on the photos they do enlarge, because of where I built my blog on blogspot. I do love doing it. My mom called me a mini Duff the other day. And coming from a very hyper-critical retired cake decorator herself....I was blown away at that. Ty y'all so much for enjoying my blog and photos ;-)
May 29, 2012 1:13 pm
OMG! Thank heavens, I can at least make cookies because I will never be able to make a cake look like that! Too COOL!
May 29, 2012 7:16 pm
I had to look at the pics a few times because I can't believe this is all dessert. Really! Amazing ...
May 29, 2012 7:27 pm
I had to look at the pics a few times because they do not look like dessert but the real thing. Amazing!
May 29, 2012 7:50 pm
WOW!!! You did such an amazing job! Awesome, awesome :)
May 29, 2012 9:51 pm
A-mazing! You are gifted! I agree with all the comments above. You should think about doing this for a living. Just so beautiful! I would have a hard time cutting into any of those; I wouldn't want to destroy those works of art! Thank you sweetie for sharing.
May 29, 2012 10:53 pm
That is absolutly amazing! Well done-you have far more originality and PATIENCE than me. You have a true gift to be able to do that and visualize it so well.
May 30, 2012 6:33 am
Thank y'all so much....and actually. I just went public a month ago with my home catering business, here in Oregon. I had dabbled in it while in Oklahoma and now having to start all over again. And already have cake orders lining up. I'm pretty excited. TY
May 30, 2012 8:31 am
I keep looking at those pictures. UNBELIEVABLE how realistic it looks! This is a HIGH DOLLAR decorated cake set up. WOW! Very impressive! *clapping* Well Done! Hope your business is a success! Don't wear yourself out now! We still want to see you at some AR parties! :)
May 30, 2012 8:57 am
You did a terrific job! I can honestly say that its the best I've seen. You really are talented. You must be very proud. I'll bet that took a long time.
May 30, 2012 9:16 am
Awesome job mis7up! Good Luck with your endeavors in the future! I am sure SUCCESS will become you!!!
May 30, 2012 9:19 am
Are these pictures on Pinterest? They should be!
May 30, 2012 9:33 am
I have it under the allrecipes allstar board. Give me this afternoon, and I will give you links to my personal board with photos.
May 30, 2012 10:13 am
There has got to be some way you can become wealthy with this kind of talent. I hope you get "discovered' soon, because you really are amazing
May 30, 2012 10:15 am
Very cool! When I first saw the photo and had read that it was "all cake" I thought there must be a mix- up. Wow!
May 30, 2012 12:47 pm
Another WOW to you! When I saw the photo on AR homepage I thought it was a mistake-mislabeled or something. There should be a TV show with home cooks from different "walks of life" showing amazing skills like yours!
May 30, 2012 4:47 pm
I wish there was a like button on AR. Or, a love button. Melissa, you should do a blog on Amanda's cake. It was beautiful as well.
May 30, 2012 6:06 pm
nice job! i once watched a local cooking show here in canada a few yrs back. this guy was cooking for some kids party. he made carrot cake for dinner, meatloaf layers filled and covered with mashed taters with little baby carrots on top! and then he did the hamburgers made from brownies and poundcake buns with condiments made from different pureed fruit! lots of fun to watch him make it all.
May 30, 2012 7:30 pm
Toni, babe, hehehe...I will work on the blog for Amanda's cake..promise ;-)
May 30, 2012 7:43 pm
wow - just wow. great job mis7up!!
May 31, 2012 7:58 am
Melissa, you HAVE to do the Oregon State Fair - just sayin' girlfriend!
May 31, 2012 10:59 am
Oh, wow. That is AWESOME!
May 31, 2012 11:28 am
Wow. I don't think I need more words to describe your work than that. I'm lucky if I can ice a cupcake correctly.
May 31, 2012 6:15 pm
thanks y'all. Gesh, this cake was such a huge deal...I need to blog about the other couple of cakes...but even those were great too. Now I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to TOP this cake for father's day....what to do what to do :-)
Jun. 1, 2012 8:19 am
We can all speak on the amount of talent and creativity it took to make this masterpiece...but the patience it must have taken! I'm with Doug Matthews...icing a few cupcakes is about the extent of my patience. Truly amazing work!!!
Jun. 2, 2012 4:08 pm
You did a great job! I wish I could do as good a job, but I don't think I have the talent or the patience.
Jun. 2, 2012 8:48 pm
mis7up, everything looks real. You did a great job!!
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