ok, um, well, my kid doesn't eat cake! turns out, he would rather have a banana than a slice of mommy's made with love giant elmo head cake. don't take me wrong, i'm not complaining, i just had to find uses for my cake skills at other venues.
i have done a couple for pay, but graduation clearly gave me an annual opportunity to drive myself into a pastry frenzy trying to concoct the perfect multi-tiered cake that would not only be large enough to feed 200 people (yup, that many!) but would also provide the strongest flexing of my creative muscles.
this year i had no real grad responsibilities because i am no longer the director, but with the pregnancy i had to really reign myself in.
i went with a three-layered square cake. found the bottom two pans on ebay and squared off a rectangle for the top.
to make icing easier and reduce crumbs, i did a light crumb-layer of icing, then made a large batch of marshmallow fondant to cover all three layers.
i love marshmallow fondant for so many reasons. first, it is CHEAP! all three layers cost me one bag of powdered sugar and a bag of mini-marshmallows....compared to the $12 for a box of wilton fondant. also, it tastes a lot better. i can't tell you how many people will peel the other off a cake slice, but this stuff gets eaten.the other great thing about fondant is that you can color it and roll it out like play dough to decorate.
once at school, i put the layers together, added the stars around the base and on the sides of each layer, and titled the top.
all in all, a very successful and yummy piece of work. and best of all, when i make the cake i don't eat it...having spent the previous 2 days with my whole house smelling all cakeish.
i'll post pics from the ceremony later this week. it was quite precious.
oh, and i didn't cry, lol!