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August 13, 2007

Happy Birthday to Caleb

Filed under: being crafty,crafty gifts — by michellew @ 3:50 pm

My little boy turned three on saturday.  We had such fun times with family and friends.  We had a little guitar themed party fashioned after the little ukele we gave him for his birthday.  We had pin-the-pick-on-the-guitar.  The kids make their own box-guitars, which they played while everyone sang happy birthday to Caleb.  And I made him a guitar cake. 

Man was it fun to decorate this cake!  Marylu gave me a lot of pointers and help.  She even met me at the store to help me get the bare minimum of decorating supplies. I’m totally going to get more into cake decorating.  Its so much fun.  The store where I found the cake pan has classes for 25 bucks and that covers meeting once a week for 4 weeks.  I’m wondering if any friends might want to do this with me this fall?  Any takers?  I think it could be a lot of fun. 

There wasn’t too much that made this cake complicated.  I did learn that to do black icing you should start with chocolate, NOT white.  I added a ton of coloring paste to get that black!  Also, I think I’d like to get an actual mixer before the next time I decorate a cake.  It was a little hard on my body using the hand mixer, balancing bowl, mixer and spatula, well I wasn’t always graceful.  I’ll either borrow a mixer or maybe ask for one for Christmas.  I also need to get some spatulas, mine are all melted and funky.  Making the cake part was EASY (I used a box!), given the pan I bought.  Making the icing was the more labor intensive part.  I think I could have cut out that guitar shape myself and not bought the pan.  But I was nervous about taking on the decorating and shaping of the cake all at once.  I’m already dreaming up some ideas for the next cake to decorate.  Maybe Alice will get a kitty or a bunny, those are the two animals she’s most excited about.   And maybe Bob will get a mandolin?  We’ll see.

Enjoy the pictures.  For some reason I can’t get them to be the size or layout I want them to be, so take it as it is! 

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  1. Looks like a lot of fun! That cake looks amazing, good job!

    Comment by alli — August 13, 2007 @ 4:41 pm |Reply

  2. OH



    Are you so very proud of yourself???!
    Holy crow!
    You’re all that!
    I’m down with it!

    Michelle! People are going to want you to make cakes for them! Get ready!
    I DO want to do the cake decorating thing. I want to look at the books she had one more time for the courses, if I feel like I need practice AND there are several things in course 1 that I either don’t know how to do or just never do, then I might actually even take course 1 again…but I don’t know. Definitely course 3 and probably course 2…

    Let me know. The only other thing I am committing to this fall is a scrapbookking weekend with the lady that Sarah Langston and I crop with.

    You go, GIRL!

    Comment by marylu — August 13, 2007 @ 4:42 pm |Reply

  3. Happy Birthday Caleb! What a great cake Michelle! I am planning Ethan’s party for this Wednesday and I will be making his race track cake. I hope mine turns out as well as yours.

    I took a cake decorating class in highschool at Michael’s craft store for about the same price. It was so much fun and I learned a lot…but with many years without putting what I learned into practice I have forgotten a lot.

    Comment by Erin — August 13, 2007 @ 5:29 pm |Reply

  4. Michelle! Your cake looks amazing! I’ve taken two Michael’s classes recently and I don’t think I could’ve made as cool a guitar cake. Super cool. : )

    Happy birthday, Caleb!

    Comment by RT — August 13, 2007 @ 7:08 pm |Reply

  5. What a great cake! And a fun-looking party!! I’d definitely take a cake decorating class with you. Ron and I made a castle cake for Zoe’s birthday a few weeks ago and I considered taking a class but didn’t want to do it by myself.

    Comment by Alison — August 14, 2007 @ 8:35 am |Reply

  6. BEAUTIFUL CAKE! I’m so impressed!!

    Comment by Julie Hess — August 14, 2007 @ 12:50 pm |Reply

  7. […] I used store bought.  It just isn’t as nice to work with as the buttercream icing I made for Caleb’s guitar cake.  I didn’t have any red wilton cake dye, so I used food coloring.  It really did make a […]

    Pingback by Bunny Cakes « Sew Much More — December 7, 2007 @ 8:17 am |Reply

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