June 11, 2011

80 is the New 40!

Or at least for my grandma it is! This cake was for my grandma's 80th birthday and if the things on the cake tell you anything about her you will notice that she is a pretty active lady!

This cake was a 10" square cake. It was a delicious vanilla almond with a chocolate amaretto ganache filling, iced in vanilla buttercream, and decorated with fondant accents. It was heaven... in cake form! I brought it to a big family party for my grandma and everyone loved it! There was only 1 or 2 two pieces left over and members of my family who aren't really "cake people" went back for seconds! That's the best compliment I could have received!

My grandma loves loves loves going to sales. No I'm not talking about sales in department stores or novelty shops. She loves garage sales, yard sales, estate sales, etc. In fact the morning of her party she was out at a garage sale! Always looking for great bargains that one!

It's hard to see the wood grain on this yard sale sign, but it's there! The grass was hand piped vanilla buttercream. You can't have a yard sale without a yard!

Look at all those signs calling her name! Begging her to come spend money! I hand painted the writing on each of the signs as well as those boxes. Here's a close up...

These boxes were 3D and I loved their cute little curled flaps! The box on the left contained toys for $.50 and the box on the right contained books for $1.00. Now that's a deal!

My grandma lives in Minnesota where every year they hold a Winter Carnival... and it's a BIG deal! As I'm sure you can imagine in a state where winter is always what's talked about. I guess there is royalty in my blood because she was named Lady in Waiting in 2007. This is also where she met her boyfriend, Bill. He was the King of the Winter Carnival. I wish I would have remembered that and put maybe a little red heart on this side of the cake to incorporate that.

The letters were hand painted on the fondant sash. "Lady in Waiting St. Paul Winter Carnival '07" I do believe she actually received a crown instead of a sash but I thought this would work better with the cake.

The snowflakes and dots were cut from fondant. I also brushed a little shimmer dust on them so they would sparkle just like real snowflakes. Unfortunately that doesn't really transfer in pictures!

My grandma loves her cards as well! Especially cribbage and even the occasional trip to the casino! The traditional cribbage board as well as the cards were made from fondant.

The numbers on cards were actually hand painted with food coloring but the spades, diamonds, hearts, and clubs were cut out of fondant.

I'm really proud of the cribbage board... it's not easy getting a lot of little holes to look right on a fondant cribbage board!

If it's a weekend chances are my grandma is either out dancing or singing karaoke. My family is very musically inclined, some more than others, but it all stems from my grandma. She loves anything that has to do with music, dancing, and singing.

The microphone was made from fondant. The top part was dusted with shimmer dust to look more metallic. This one is cordless because of course my grandma is a mover and a shaker!

This silohette of Bev and Bill, ok it's not really my grandma and her boyfriend... but it might as well be, was hand cut from fondant. They are always out of the town cutting a rug! In addition to this the little music notes that are sprinkled throughout this side of the cake were made from fondant.

Now on to the last portion of the cake was the top. My grandma loves musicals and movies. This was my personal interpretation of a Broadway sign! The sign as well as the stars were made from fondant. Some of the stars don the numbers 80 hand painted. I had to have her age somewhere on the cake!

My grandma is so many things to so many people so instead of writing "Happy birthday Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Sister, Aunt, etc..." I went with her first name. All of the letters were hand piped vanilla buttercream. I wanted to make sure they were all different fonts just like the signs you would see on Broadway. I especially wanted to make her name stand out by being big, curly, and pretty!

So as you can tell my grandma is the epitome of the phrase, "80 is the new 40"! She is young at heart and still does all the things she loves to do. She is an amazing lady to so many people and I was super happy about the fact that I got to make her birthday cake!

Happy 80th birthday grandma! I love you!

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