A New Hobby

Today marks my mama’s 44th birthday. Every year I try my best to make mama a birthday cake. I’ve gotten pretty creative in the past years from shaping cake into the number 40 as well as putting 40 candles on it, literally. This year I didn’t put 44 candles at least. 😂

I decided to have a go at making a semi-professional cake. You know, like the ones you see cake decoraters make. Like how I’ve had someone make my children’s themed birthday cakes in the past.

This year I’ve decided I wanted to figure out how to actually make multiple tiered cakes, homemade buttercream icing, fondant, and all that other stuff that I’m going to find out about. I’ve put a lot of research into this. From cake pan sizes to different recipes of different types of icings.

Mama’s birthday cake was my first official try. It was a challenge. It was fun. This was the test run.

It was a whole lot of messy.

But it turned out pretty epic.


I decided on a two-tiered chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and marshmallow fondant for mama. She loves chocolate.

So I used the 8″ X 2″ round pan and the 6″ X 2″ round pan. I began this process Friday night, February 18th. Yes I used boxes of cake mix. It took me one box of mix to fill both of those. So in total it was two boxes of chocolate cake mix that I used. This way each layer was about 4″ in total.


Whilst the little pans of cake were baking, I made a batch of fondant. I found the recipe here: http://www.wilton.com/rolled-marshmallow-fondant/WLRECIP-242.html#start=8

The finished ball of fondant ready to go in the fridge until the next day.  Now I understand why the stuff is so expensive to buy in the store; this stuff takes a lot of work to make!

Once the fondant was done and all the cakes were baked, cooled down, evened out, and wrapped in plastic wrap to go into the refrigerator, I was done for that night.

Now the second night, on Sunday, February 19th, I made the homemade buttercream frosting. I found the recipe on the Wilton cake decorating website as well.

You can find it here: http://www.wilton.com/buttercream-frosting/WLRECIP-41.html#start=3

I put a layer of frosting in the middle, on the top, and around the sides. This was the fondant could stick to the cake.


Let’s just say I’m no expert at covering a cake with fondant though.

this is the top half of the cake, which was much easier to cover with fondant.

Like I said, not so great at covering a cake with fondant apparently… Maybe with some practice I’ll improve. Let’s hope so at least!

Straws in the middle of the bottom layer to help support the top layer.

Didn’t turn out too bad for my first try!
The cake was transferred via Huggies wipes box, but hey, it did the job!

 

This is a picture of mama back on Mother’s Day last year, but it’s one of my favorite pictures of her with two of her grandbabies. She’s the best. 🙂
This is where we went for her birthday lunch. I got to drive over and take mama out to lunch and this is where we picked. They have some of the BEST food.

 

This is the fortune I got after we were finished eating at the restaurant. Maybe it’s true! 😉
 
Let me know what you think! 

Do you think I have any hope for this to continue to improve?

I sure hope so. I plan on making my son’s 3-year-old birthday cake this upcoming March. He loves Octonauts so it’s going to be an Octonauts cake. 

Maybe my second attempt will go even better. 

I’m a very hands-on learner. So it’s bound to get better. 😊