Friday, March 20, 2009

Fun Party Cake

I just finished up a cake for a party that my friend Lisa is hosting tomorrow. It's not the typical party. Sometimes they're called "fun parties." Basically a bunch of women get together and buy things at the party that they can take home to spice things up in the bedroom.

I volunteered to make a cake for this party, but I was thinking that I could practice the latest flower or border technique. Then Lisa asked if it was going to be a theme cake. Oh, no. What was I going to do? I'm much too easily embarrassed. I couldn't make a cake in the shape of a male body part.

I went online to do some research. I found a website with a photo gallery of thousands of all sorts of cakes. They even had an album of naughty cakes, but you have to become a registered user to view those photos and swear that you're an adult. I registered. Great. Now "they" know that I look at cake porn.

I found a lot of really gross cakes like the functional male ones. Eww. But there was one concept that I thought was pretty conservative as far as naughty cakes go. Man and woman in bed covered by a blanket. Everybody knows what's going on under the covers, but the details are left to one's imagination.

I was going to do that, but then I saw something at Hobby Lobby on the clearance aisle. "Susie" spoke out to me and I knew how I would decorate the cake. They had one female doll head marked down. She was the perfect size to put on a cake. There were no males. The only other doll making part was one pair of eyeglasses which were much too big. I took Susie home.

This week in Wilton 3 I made a cake covered in fondant with a fondant bow. While that is a story unto itself, I had some fondant leftover so the colors for the bed cake are very similar to the bow cake. I didn't feel like making more marshmallow fondant (MMF) for a few pieces on one cake. It's easy to make, tastier than Wilton Fondant, and about a fourth of the cost of the Wilton stuff, but I wanted to use up what I had before it went bad.

The cake is a 9x13 made from a lemon cake mix with homemade lemon curd filling. The fitted sheet is 100% MMF. The purple fondant for the pillow cases and blanket is a blend of Wilton fondant and MMF. Yes, I did intend for the marbling of the blanket. The pillows are cake scraps that I froze prior to carving. The bed skirt is buttercream (I never thought I'd ever use the ruffle technique when we learned it in class last week.) The headboard is Wilton fondant with some Gum-Tex added for stability. The headboard will be added to the cake on site which is why I'm holding it in the picture. Susie's body is made of fondant.

I like how Susie is looking over to the other side of the room as if to say "Come on, Honey. I'm warming up the bed for you."

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