One Cake Done and One to Go

This weekend we are going to be celebrating two very important birthdays... both my FIL and my Grandmother are turning the big 8-0. Yep - 80 years old! And I volunteered to bring dessert. I decided to do a white cake for one and a chocolate cake for the other thereby giving them each their own cakes but also satisfying the crowd pleasing "both" options of chocolate and vanilla cakes.

I used the same white cake recipe that I used for both my girls birthday cakes as I love the flavor, the texture, and how it holds up to decorating.

After a thin layer of buttercream icing I put the cake in the freezer while I prepared the fondant.

I flavored the fondant with a bit of almond extract and got busy rolling, rolling, rolling....

Once the cake was covered I used the buttercream icing to decorate it.

I had NO IDEA what I was doing or how to do it... but I had a 'general' idea in my head of what I wanted to accomplish so I just went with the flow and this is what I ended up with.

I used more fondant to make 'bows' and left them to dry and harden.

This morning I had to be up at 5:30 am to wake the kids for weight lifting class so I made some icing cement (thick royal icing) and attached the bows to the top of the cake.

Now let's see how it travels! We have three hours to the first house, overnight, 1 hour to the next house in the morning before finally traveling 1 more hour that evening to the place where the double birthday parties are being held.

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