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Purple cake and purple frosting

Aberwacky's picture

Grant has requested a purple cake with purple frosting for his 3rd birthday on Sunday (I don't know where he came up with it).

I'm not a baker of sweets, so I'm clueless. Suggestions?

Oh, and I should mention DH is going in for surgery on his ankle to repair a tendon on Thursday, and will be on crutches for 6 weeks, so something simple would be good. (G)

Leigh

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msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #120 of 133)

Thanks y'all-- i didn't mean to sound so pathetic. Just doing some monday-morning-quarterbackin'. I learned a few things from my mistakes that i (hopefully) won't repeat next time around, that's all. I was definitely proud od R2D2 despite the slumping and it was fun to see the looks on everyone's faces when they saw it, the moms especially, as most of them wouldn't consider making even a simple cake themselves or even ordering one that elaborate. Even the kids wouldn't believe the whole thing was edible until i cut into it. most of the birthdays we go to have the commercially airbrushed image of spiderman or whomever on a plain sheetcake (crisco icing of course). Y'all are accustomed to gorgeous cakes posted by the talent here, but it's not common in our school circle.

I don't really know the host mom that well, and our sons had a few playdates this year but aren't especially close although he is a very nice boy. She just noticed on the class list that our boys' birthdays were a day apart and asked me if i'd like to do a double party and share the costs.
she suggested 3 cakes, i suggested one be an ice cream cake. she said she's slap some ice cream in a pan, so i was surprised and blown away by the very cool, smoking display she came up with.
About 22 boys were invited, plus a few sisters. If any of you have the opportunity to do this, i'd recommend it! We rented a big inflatable climb-y water-slide thingy (she found one for under $200 for 3 hrs) and i made a pinata shaped like the Deathstar (wanna see pix? LOL), and the kids wore themselves out the whole time.
I'm not apologizing, just troubleshooting for next year. Both of us agreed that we may have set the bar too high :-)The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
–Jack Handey


Edited 6/11/2008 2:00 pm ET by msm-s

MadMom's picture

(post #64735, reply #121 of 133)

Wherever you might have set the bar, you exceeded it.  Job well done.



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msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #122 of 133)

I mean for next year!

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
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mer's picture

(post #64735, reply #123 of 133)

wow.  sounds like a great party.  How old is your son now?


this will be a family memory forever, so don't worry about where the bar was set.  This is a great memory.  :)   Great job MOM!

Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #124 of 133)

Every time I make a cake I learn something new - it's the nature of cake making! (G)


 


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tiramisu's picture

(post #64735, reply #125 of 133)

That's a beautiful cake. I am curious about how you got the silver color. I might have to make something in the starwars theme this year for DS's eighth b'day and am still planning. My skill level is very low (can pipe stars - that's about it) . So far I have gotten away with buying some wilton automobile shaped pan of his choice (car, firetruck) etc and decorating it. But this time the request is more specific (either bobba fett, r2d2, cp3o or darth vader) and I am hoping to making it a joint project -i.e  he helps cut out a template etc. 


Also you mentioned you used fondant for the silver ring - do you make your own fondant?


Again very impressive cakes 

Biscuit's picture

(post #64735, reply #126 of 133)

He!  I can't even pipe a star!  I can write with icing, but that's it. 


BUT - I can draw and color and if you can do that, you can do this stuff.  Just give yourself a chance.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

tiramisu's picture

(post #64735, reply #132 of 133)

When I frost a cake - it looks so untidy that I usually end up piping stars. Anyway, this time I will try something other than a shaped pan :) . The good news is my son loves (so far) anything I make - so it will probably be okay.


 

Marts's picture

(post #64735, reply #133 of 133)

I have a 6 year-old son who is a Star Wars freak. I am incredibly inspired by the R2D2 cake - Ben would flip if I made something like that! His birthday is in January - I think I'm gonna do it!

Edited to say - should have directed this to msm - sorry!


Edited 6/13/2008 10:22 am ET by Marts

msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #127 of 133)

i've got to get off this site and go find my belt sander.
In brief, i dyed the fondant grey with black food gel/paste color and brushed edible silver powder over that. Both are from a serious bakery supply store. Details later, but in the meantime peruse these images. Start scrolling down to see obsessively detailed R2D2 cakes that put mine to shame!

http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/star-wars-cakes.html#c3

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
–Jack Handey
CookiM0nster's picture

(post #64735, reply #128 of 133)

I love the R2D2 cake. you did a great job.

msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #129 of 133)

I didn't bother to make the fondant, as the commercial products are usually dependable and good enoough for 7-yr olds :-)

I am fortunate to have easy access to a small, funky old-school bakery supply store that sells to the general public, but you can probably find decent fondant at the grocery store and some edible pearl/metallic powders maybe at craft stores like Michael', Hobby lobby and possibly at Party City. The bake store sells 3 grades of fondant and i went for the middle-range one, Wilton in a small box. The store owner said they were all comparable to work with but the price difference reflected quality of flavor, the 2 lower ones being similar and the highest one being far better. Given that the moms in this crowd generall don't eat the cake and the kids were young and like anything sweet, i didn't buy the best (party supplies add up!).
The pearl powders are about $3 for a small 2g vial (maybe 2 teaspoons worth), but it covers well and goes a long way. i still have plenty left. I mixed a pale one, "Silver" with a steely one, "moonstone", for R2D2's metallic parts. either one would have been fine alone.i just wanted to play with them 'cause they were so pretty!

However- the key to making metalics and pealized colors cover well and go far is the same as when using metallic paint: the basecoat (in this case the color you tint your fondant first) needs to come close to the color you want, but be a shade or 2 darker. I used black gel-paste coloring to make a medium grey, dead center between black and white, and brushed the silver over it.

Mer- he just turned 7 :-)

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
–Jack Handey
mer's picture

(post #64735, reply #130 of 133)

you did such an awesome job. this is so much fun.  what a great 7 year old birthday party!

tiramisu's picture

(post #64735, reply #131 of 133)

Thank you for the detailed response. I do have a serious bakery supply store close by and will go check it out soon.  All these tips will come in handy.

MadMom's picture

(post #64735, reply #79 of 133)

I, too, find "hot" offensive, and would jump all over my grandsons if they used that term.  Cute is fine, but "hot" - no.  To me, it's sort of like the difference between telling a man his wife is attractive and saying "Wow, I'll bet she's great in bed."  The former would probably get you a thank you, and the latter might get you a punch in the head. 



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AnnL's picture

(post #64735, reply #77 of 133)

You really don't mind it if men call your daughters hot?

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StevenHB's picture

(post #64735, reply #80 of 133)

You really don't mind it if men call your daughters hot?


If a man called my daughters hot, I'd be very concerned.  If one of their peers did, no, I don't think so.  Certainly not like I would be if it were an adult.



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Syrah's picture

(post #64735, reply #81 of 133)

I think I understand your point. For me, it was just a "cool" word to use. Yes, it was stupid but so are a lot of fads that children go through.

It isn't a word I would use now in that context.

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msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #84 of 133)

i see both points, but i'm with Biscuit. "Hot" is accepted because it is commonly used in many ways. But if you think about substituting another word that clearly means what Hot is supposed to in this case, you can see that it's inappropriate for kids to use, especially 7-yr olds. they will use it in private, of course, but as parents we need to teach them why they shouldn't and hope the lesson takes hold some day.
Cussing, drinking and other vices eventually come in some degree to most of us as we grow up, but none of that should go uncommented-on as kids are developing.


Edited 6/6/2008 12:55 pm ET by msm-s

TracyK's picture

(post #64735, reply #82 of 133)

It might be acceptable in a teenager, but I wouldn't allow it in a seven-year-old either.

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tones's picture

(post #64735, reply #73 of 133)

I so agree with you.  Last year, my niece's daughter was graduating 5th grade.  We were all together shopping and I was told that she was voted "hottie" of her class.  You know, the kids of the graduating class voting various classmates with various "distinguishing" titles.  I was appalled.  I'm sorry...school is not the place to start or continue such sex labels.  I taught 5th grade for 10 years after teaching younger grades and substituting for many years, and we gave out about 20 certificates for things such as "neatest desk", "best speller", etc.  No where did it include highlighting or degrading one's looks. And definitely not sexual in nature.  It is so innocent in the beginning when a child does not know what he is saying, but for the school to allow such titles is so sad.

Nightrider's picture

(post #64735, reply #46 of 133)

Bwahaha.  I love 3 year olds.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #64735, reply #85 of 133)

Okay, back to the original topic *grin*


I've made two 8" rounds (using about a half of a one-ounce bottle of purple paste coloring and they're a lovely deep purple) they've cooled and are out of the pans.


They're both domed--I remember reading here I can cut them level, right?  And I need to do a crumb coat of frosting before I put the actual frosting on? 


I realize that for a 3-year-old's cake, it's not that important, but I rarely ever frost a cake, and my attempts are, well, interesting.  Any additional advice is appreciated.


Leigh


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"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
TracyK's picture

(post #64735, reply #86 of 133)

Yep -- use a long serrated knife to slice off the domes (then eat them, quick, before anyone sees you, LOL).


If you think you'll have a hard time keeping it level, you can stick toothpicks in the sides of the cake as a guide (usually more of a concern when you're splitting rounds for multiple layers).


I don't generally do a crumb coat with the powdered sugar buttercream... just brush off the crumbs with a pastry brush and you should be OK, especially since it's a darker frosting.


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Jean's picture

(post #64735, reply #88 of 133)

(then eat them, quick, before anyone sees you, LOL).


The purple tongue gives you away every time though.






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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #64735, reply #87 of 133)

Yes, cut them. You don't absolutely need a crumb coat, but it will make it easier, especially if you're not used to doing this sort of thing.

I don't know why, but thinking about your purple cake somehow reminds me reminded me of Jasper's first one, I guess because it was a fairly whimsical design as well. He decided to taste it with his feet while we were singing Happy Birthday to him. he couldn't wait, and he couldn't reach it with his hands. It was too funny.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #64735, reply #90 of 133)

LOL! I can see it.


 


Leigh


Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Heather's picture

(post #64735, reply #89 of 133)

My cake plate isn't totally flat so I put one layer dome-side down instead of cutting it level.

msm-s's picture

(post #64735, reply #91 of 133)

i'm working on DS's R2D2 cakes as i write :-)
Waiting for three 6" layers to cool.

When the cakes cool, just slip them back into the pan. use a long serrated bread knife and the edge of the pan will be your guide for a perfectly level cake.

All these cake threads going on right now! I'm actually thinking that this R2D2 cake might turn out good enough to post pix of.

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
–Jack Handey


Edited 6/7/2008 2:16 pm ET by msm-s

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #64735, reply #92 of 133)

1/2 an ounce of paste coloring?

woo-wee, are you going to have some colorful potty breaks with that one!

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