Clump #241: Bake and decorate Cake Walk cakes; day six of the seven-day bake-a-thon.
So it all started with the magazine pictured above. A seductive collection of cute cakes that seemed sooo easy and fun. I argued for keeping the Cake Walk in our Quaker Meeting’s Fall Festival — tomorrow — and I said I could throw together four cakes for four walks. For those unfamiliar with the game, a group of kids stand upon carpet squares set in a circle. Underneath each carpet square is written a number. Music plays, the kids move around the circle, ideally dancing. When the music stops, all the players stop. Someone picks a number out of a hat, and whoever is standing on that numbered carpet square wins a cake. Whoo hoo!
The cakes are usually snazzy numbers with lots of candy. I used two boxed cake mixes (they were on sale for 99 cents!), figuring I only needed a half for each cake.
As they say, “Mistakes were made.” I thought the lollipop cake below would be a snazzy one, but didn’t realize I needed to wear gloves in order to knead the food color into the fondant.
I was not happy with the process, nor the color of my hands (even though they were radiant orchid, the Pantone color of the year).
When I got to the part of the recipe that advised taking off the fondant before cutting the cake, I said, “No, I can not do it!” Note to self: read directions thoroughly.
I went to Plan B, the Henry and Mudge cake from Cynthia Rylant’s book Henry And Mudge And The Best Day Of All, wherein Henry has a birthday cake made to look like his aquarium. A family favorite.
The others were inspired by the magazine. Sunflower:
Car (two halves of a round layer, frosted together with an L cut out of one side):
And baby owls:
Wrapped up and ready to go:
Let the games begin!