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T-Rex Leftovers

I had some cake pieces, frosting and fondant leftover after the T-Rex cake last week. We ate some of them just on their own, but the rest I decided to make into little treats to celebrate a couple birthdays in the daycare.

I crumbled what cake was left, mixed it with what frosting was left, and shaped them into bite sized cubes – about the size of a two-bite brownie. Then I rolled out some fondant and wrapped each one, hoping to make them look like little presents. The fondant was a bit bulky on the side folds, but I wasn’t going for perfection here, I mostly just wanted to use everything up.

I cut out some flower shapes for a decorative topper and stuck them on with some ‘meringue powder glue.’ They remind me of a less refined petit four – a cute little bite of dense cake with a yummy, decorative coating. A new variation of the popular cake-pop, perhaps?

 

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T-Rex Cake

Well, here it is, as promised. There was great excitement at the birthday party over the weekend as the much-anticipated T-Rex was unveiled. It took awhile to think through just how I was going to do it, but as the brainwaves circulated, one idea led to another, and I think what I ended up doing worked really well.

After doing some image searches for T-Rex cakes I was originally going to try making a head and claws coming out of the top of a cake, but as I narrowed down my method I decided to do a whole dino.

After considering a few options, I went for a cake pop style. You remember cake pops? (click here for a refresher) Crumbled cake mixed with frosting, shaped into balls and dipped in candy coating. But instead of shaping it into balls, I molded it into a T-Rex; and instead of candy coating, I made fondant. I formed the dino on top of parchment paper so that it would be easy to get off when I needed to transfer it onto the cake. I put it in the fridge to chill so that it wouldn’t get squished when I put the fondant overtop. It all worked really well, although the fondant looked a bit rough around the bottom edges where it had to get tucked into tight places (mouth, arms and legs).

 

I made a regular cake for the base, frosted it with chocolate frosting, laid the finished T-Rex on top, and surrounded it with those little chocolate stones. There was A LOT of chocolate in this cake! I was pretty happy with how it turned out, and I think the birthday boy was too!

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Halloween Treats

This year we did quite a few treats in addition to the door-to-door trick-or-treating. I know, why would you intentionally add more treats to an event based around getting treats? But it’s just so fun, and the kids get so excited!

First, with the daycare kids, I made some ghost sugar cookies. I kept it pretty simple, using only ghosts so I could just use white royal icing, and then I got a bunch of Halloween themed sprinkles that they could use for decorating. With this crew I found it easiest to set a little container of sprinkles in front of each of them around the table, then I would ice a cookie and pass it to each child to decorate. It worked out well, and they even did a good job at decorating a few before diving in for the sample! Well, all except my youngest; he ate the cookie without even putting sprinkles on, then proceeded to eat the sprinkles straight from the container!

Our next treat was just for us. My daughter had brought a library book home from school a few weeks ago all about Halloween. One of the pages described the different treats you might find at a Halloween party, which included candy apples. I love candy apples, and I can remember my mom making them with me when i was a kid, so we decided to give it a go this year. I chose to make caramel covered ones rather than the hard candy coating, with the kids being the age they are I thought it would work better. They were very excited, and needed lots patience to wait while the caramel cooked to the right temperature, and also lots of reminders to stay back as it got really hot. They may have been a bit young to help with it this year, but it will get easier as they get older and understand the consequences of heat a little better! And none of it mattered once we got to have them for dessert that night! So yummy!

And although this wasn’t a treat to eat, I have a little tip to pass on that I discovered this year. As I was scooping out the innards for our jack-o-lanterns, I was thinking about what might make it easier. I discovered that my little bowl scraper does an amazing job at scraping out all those straggly bits of pumpkin, so I suggest investing in one for next year’s pumpkins, it made it so much easier!

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October Birthdays – Double Feature

October is a very busy month for birthdays in our family, two of which are my son and my husband within a week of each other. Although we celebrated them both with family over the Thanksgiving weekend, I made one cake for my son for that celebration, and I made one for my husband on his actual birthday at home.

My son is really into trains right now (are you surprised??), and of course, particularly Thomas – it’s like an inborn addiction that all little boys seem to have no matter how much or how little exposure they actually have to Thomas. Anyway, I wanted to make him a cake with Thomas on it, but with all the other preparations for Thanksgiving (we were travelling as well) I just didn’t have the time to create a Thomas. However, as he was only turning two, I figured I would probably still be safe with any kind of train, so I made a simpler train out of fondant for the top of his cake. I didn’t hear any complaints, especially since he got to eat parts of the train!

For my husband’s birthday the next week I decided to do an ice cream cake. My husband isn’t into sweet things, like cake, as much. But he does like ice cream. How many of you remember when Dairy Queen had a Nerds blizzard? You know those crunchy little candies that are oh so tangy and yummy? My husband LOVES Nerds candies, and often talks about those Nerds blizzards and how you can’t get them anymore. Well, I decided to make him a Nerds ice cream cake. Pretty straightforward, I got some vanilla ice cream, some Nerds, put them together with a crust and chocolate layer, and voila, a Nerds ice cream cake. It was a pretty big hit; my daughter even put in a request for the same cake for her birthday – next June! We’ll see if she remembers 🙂

The Nerds ice cream cake.
The Nerds ice cream cake.
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4th Birthday Party!

My daughter recently celebrated her 4th birthday, how time flies! You may remember back in February I made a blue race car cake for a friend of ours (check it out here). Well, ever since then my daughter has been saying that she also wanted a race car cake for her birthday, except she wanted it to be pink…5 months of her asking about this pink race car cake! And her biggest emphasis was on the cookie wheels. I think she really just wanted the cake for the wheels. I probably could have just made a whole bunch of fondant covered Oreos and she would have been satisfied. But I digress.

So I brought out the race car design, changed the lightening bolts to flowers, and voila, little girl’s 4th birthday pink race car cake was created. It was kind of nice to do a design I’d already made, a lot less legwork. And I also knew how to improve it. For example, tripling the cake recipe instead of just doubling it, so that the car wouldn’t be quite so squat! It still took a while to make, but definitely went faster the second time around.

I won’t go into a lot of detail, you can read that on the blue race car cake post, but I will post some pictures of the pink race car cake, including the cookie wheels!

You can check out her previous birthday cakes here:

1st Birthday

2nd birthday

3rd Birthday