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Daddy’s Rainbow Birthday Cake

Soooooo….long time no chat?  Yeah, I know.  It has been two months since I have blogged. This is how my life goes sometimes…in spurts!  But it is for a good reason.  I have been super busy since summer hit.  The family farm has been in full swing and while it is amazing, it is a lot of work.  More on that in a later post.  Today, I am backing up to where I left off in May.   In our house, May is my hubby’s birthday (and Indy 500 Race month).  This year, it fell the week after we got back from a Disney Vacation ($$$$) and he had an uber busy week at work.  We didn’t even get to see him on his birthday.  This actually worked out okay as the kids and I spent the evening making his birthday cake.

I let the kids drive on what they wanted to make for the kids.  I made the cakes and icing of course, but they picked out the colors, mixed the colors and told me how to help them decorate it.

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Weighing various items to make sure the scale worked (so I was told).  Eventually some buttercream was made.

After getting out all the colors, they chose nearly all of them.  Then realized they looked like a rainbow and Daddy needed a rainbow cake!  Not by hubby’s style, but it was kids choice and I knew he would eat any design they came up with. I put 6 dollops of icing in 6 bowls with a color and let the kids mix them up.

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The kids icing colors for Daddy’s cake.

Once we had our icing, I asked what they wanted the cake to look like.  All I got was rainbow.  After giving them 5-6 ideas of what rainbows could look like, they decided a rainbow that wrapped around the cake and in the middle.  So I applied the icing as instructed (even though I thought the red should be on top).

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Base layer of rainbow cake.

After the base layer of icing was on, the rest was up to the kids.  They decorated, fought, disagreed, whined a little, laughed, and decorated some more.  My oldest was becoming disappointed that the younger was not following his design and complaining that it was not pretty anymore.  Regardless, we got through it and in the end, the kids were happy.

The next night, Daddy was home and we got to have our little celebration and eat cake! Daddy didn’t mind at all that it was rainbow colors and said it tasted wonderful.  Now, my oldest wants to be a baker….which I would LOVE.

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Eating Daddy’s Birthday Cake

Until next time,

Clara

Avengers Cupcakes

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Hello!  So today my oldest is turning five…..FIVE!  I can’t believe it.  This past weekend we had his birthday parties (yes, plural).  We have had a pretty hectic couple weeks leading up to this weekend and making anything has been a challenge.  The day before my son’s birthday, my kitchen was getting new granite, sink, faucet, and stove top.  While I had high hopes for at least my sink to be hooked back up, it didn’t happen.  Luckily I had prepared for that and got started earlier in the week on my cupcakes.  They turned out wonderful and no one complained about being at a party in a mid-renovation kitchen!

Since I had to plan for a kid party and the family party (and keeping in mind the kitchen), I went the with all cupcakes.  It was less stress and easier to plan out so that they remained fresh.  Earlier in the week, I printed off the templates that I had been saving and got to work making icing.  Royal icing only takes a second to whip up, but getting the colors and consistency right takes FOREVER.  So my goal on night one was just making the colors and having my templates ready.  The next day, I was ready to get started.  I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to tackle each design, and as it turns out, I changed the way I did each one after the first one.  I started with Iron Man and the Hulk fist.

For Iron Man, I started with the eyes.  This is not how the eyes ended up, but it was more to make sure I had the right placement and spacing.  While the eyes dried, I outlined and filled in the red icing.  After letting the red icing sit for a bit, I filled in the yellow mask. For the Hulk fists, I did pieces of the hand that didn’t touch first. Once they dry a little bit, maybe 20 minutes, I did other parts of the hand.  The drying time allows for the lines in the hand to hold and show the details of the hand and gives it some dimension.  I let these ones be for the night before adding anymore.

For the Captain America shield, I started with the red rings.  After some drying time, I then added the white ring.  While those dried, I started prepping for the center.  Since I didn’t want to freehand the white star on the blue, I used another template to just do the stars.  I let everything dry overnight to make sure it was nice and firm.

 

The next day, I was able to finish everything off.  For the Captain America shields, I carefully pealed off the stars from the template.  I added the blue icing to the center of the shields and then immediately dropped a white star in the center. They were done and left to dry.

Captain America Cupcake Toppers

Captain America Shield Royal Icing Toppers

For the Iron Man and Hulk toppers, I piped black icing to complete the design using a tip-less bag cut with a small hole.  After that dried, I was able to go back and add the white eyes to Iron Man.

Avenger Cupcake Toppers

Avenger Royal Icing Toppers

I baked the cupcakes the night before my kitchen was to be ripped apart.  I waited to make the buttercream the morning of the parties since I like fresh buttercream and I would only be dirtying my kitchen-aid mixer.  I put together the cupcakes right before each party, the kid party in the morning and the adult party in the afternoon.  The royal icing soaks up the moisture from the buttercream and I like them to be as sturdy as possible.

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Avengers Cupcakes

They really turned out adorable and my son was thanking me before they were even finished.  This was our second year having an Avengers party, so I was happy we got to try something a little different than last year.

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Avengers Cupcakes

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Clara