This cake was full of new challenges for me. Luckily, I have good and understanding friends who will let me experiment on their cakes. I'll walk you through it, ok? Not that you care, but I do, and this is my blog. :)
Challenge number 2: Making the Happy Birthday sign. I just don't have enough experience with gumpaste/fondant to know the best way to make the sign. Now that I've made that one, I have some ideas on how to improve it.
Challenge number 3: Making the girl. I have never made a person out of fondant before and really wasn't sure of the best way to go about it. I got to make this little gal twice because she was too long the first time.
Challenge number 4: Painting the sunrise on the top tier. I know you are all asking yourselves, "That's a sunrise"? Yeah, that's what it's supposed to be. I'm not so artistic and don't know how to paint at all. I watched a bunch of tutorials on youtube, but they still didn't seem to help. (I plan on taking a painting class some time in hopes that it will help me with future cakes.)
Challenge number 5: Making the coral. I'm kind of the most proud of the coral. Underneath all that royal icing are small grape stems. The coral took a lot of patience and faith that it would look good. I may have yelled at the kids a time or two while I was making it. They kept hovering waiting for me to give them a glob of royal icing to eat.
Not a challenge: Even though it was a first for me, making the seashells was not a challenge. I just used a chocolate mold and I have used chocolate molds before. Just not a seashell one, but that makes no difference. :)
Overall, this was a very fun cake to think up and create. I hope the birthday girl likes it, because I sure do. I'm usually quite critical of every cake I make, but I really am proud of this one. (Don't worry, I can still point out the MULTIPLE flaws with it, but as James always assures me, you probably won't notice them like I do.)