Cleaning up

I cleaned up my friends list. It’s not that I don’t love you anymore, it’s just that I don’t have time to read everyone’s blog anymore. Many are still there, but I have got to start streamlining my day.

Why? Because I just registered for school finally (did I mention that?) and ordered my first course yesterday. After many false starts, I’m going for my N.D. Dan assures me that it’s going to be a crazy, intense time. I’ve heard that before and been disillusioned, but you never know, it could happen.

Well, that, and the kids are schooling again, and work is finally picking up. Don’t try to give me that “you don’t have enough time” crap – other (less capable) people manage to do this, so don’t fuss at me for it.

Also, before I go any further, I just have to say, I fucking hate spam. Passionately. I fucking hate it. I haven’t gotten anything except spam in my Yahoo account in ages. If I didn’t occasionally get something important from HHA (school), Dr. Northrup (health newsletter), recipes, and other important stuff, I’d dump that account altogether. Don’t try contacting me there, I just delete it all.

Last week was Miles’ birthday, as I previous mentioned.

I love my convection oven:

The cake itself was three layers of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. This is before the final layer was added:

Each scale was cut by hand from rolled fondant I colored with gel food coloring. This is from before the final stage of scale-making when I sprayed the tip of each scale with blue spray food dye:

I watch way too much Ace of Cakes. I figured out how to do this, and also what was going wrong while I was doing it:

Each scale was put on by hand, but I think what I’ll do next time is buy more fondant and do an entire layer of that and then apply the scales with royal icing.

For the nose piece, I totally eye-balled it. I did not use a template, and it was so close to perfect I just about scared myself:

The almost-done parts. I sprayed a little green dye in the nostrils and around the edges to round it out more. The eyes are flat-back plastic gems:

And here are the happy kids who got to eat it:

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  1. April 11, 2008

    Congrats on getting into school. I hope everything relating to it goes well and isn’t too painful. And hopefully you’ll still have a little time to knit.

    Gorgeous cake by the way.

  2. April 11, 2008

    Omg, that cake is incredible! Can I get your fondant recipe?

    Congrats on going back to school!

    • April 11, 2008

      That is where I was a naughty DIYer – I used pre-packaged fondant from Hobby Lobby. Two packages, in fact. It was a lot easier to work with than I expected, and no marshmallows died in the making of the fondant, which is even better. I found a few recipes, and I’ll probably experiment with them soon, but the short-cut marshmallow one…? Oh hell no. I’ll let you know when I find a good one, though. (Rolled, not European. I’m not that brave yet.)

        • April 13, 2008

          I’m pretty sure that the marzipan they had at the store is the crappy crumbly type. Is there a recipe…?

          • April 13, 2008

            I’ll look and see; check I think it’s just almonds and sugar, mashed to oblivion. You can hardly get a cake here that doesn’t have marzipan on it; it’s wonderful!

  3. April 11, 2008

    The cake looks awesome, and you look like you had happy kids. Excellent job, sis! 🙂

    – Uncle Beep

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