Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to Make an Angry Birds Cake

Large Angry Bird made with a Wilton Sports Ball pan
My youngest somehow fell in love with Angry Birds (or as she said, "Ah Boo") during her second year.  So, when it came time to choose a cake for her birthday, we decided that Angry Birds was the thing to do. We had about 18 family members attending her party, so we opted to make two cakes.  The first, the large red one, was made with a Wilton Ball pan. The box has pictures of a soccer or basketball on it.  We simple baked the ball in the two pan halves, leveled the top so they would meet up and assembled them.  We used the extra cake pieces to make the raised top of his head.  My husband then star-tipped the entire red area, and used pink for the belly. The orange nose is made with Starburst candy.  Simply melt the candy in the microwave for a couple seconds so its pliable.

The other cake was made with a simple sheet cake and 3 of Wilton's Mini Ball pans.  Smaller amounts of Starburst candy was used for these noses, too.  The black tips of these birds are licorice pieces.

Do you think she liked her 2nd Birthday cake?

The cake recipes used for these cakes was a Butter Cake from all recipes for the balls and this healthy chocolate cake recipe for the sheet. As a rule, we make all our own frosting, but we still buy black and red as its so difficult to make with coloring.

Monday, January 23, 2012

How to Make a Bow Board

Whew, I had to take a little breather from blogging after Christmas and find my groove again.  But, today is a good day and things are getting accomplished!  I have so much to tell you, but we'll take it one day at a time. First, a gift I made for my girls for Christmas: a bow board.  They have many bows and flowers.  Most of them from a cool boutique called Baby Boutique Etc (which happens to be the same bows the Duggar girls wear often on 19 kids and Counting!)  I needed something to hold them on better than the basket they were currently I had an idea to make one myself.

 I didn't follow any plan and just totally made it up as I went.  First, I knew I wanted it to be "squishy" so I planned on using quilt batting, but this clearance skateboard print fleece was much cheaper. I got a 2X2 board, got it cut in half, and wrapped it in the fleece.

Then,  I wrapped the pretty purple sparkly material around it, and secured it in the back with a staple gun.  This was the first time I used one of these neat inventions!  Finally I wrapped ribbon around it with which to clip the bows and flowers onto. I stapled a the ribbon as well in a few spots.
The bow board is now fully covered in bows and flowers, and I wonder why I bothered to cut my 2 foot by 2 foot piece in half!  I also had planned to hang in on the wall by attaching strong ribbon (twine-like) to the back, but decided with a toddler in the house leaning against the wall is best for now.