I apologize that there has been such a lag in posting on my young blog. I assure you I have not retreated into the non-blog world never to appear again.
I had a welcome distraction. Actually two welcome distractions:
My little babies decided to grow up and have their fourth birthday…the nerve of them, really. I mean 4 years ago I was handed these teeny, tiny, itty, bitty bundles of joy:
Team Gillis - The tiny version. Can you even stand them?!?!
And to celebrate these two little guys, every year I make a cake for them…I consider it my gift to them.
And every year I question my sanity.
Every year I get a little more
crazy bold and try new techniques. And every year a get a wee bit better. Honestly my goal is just to make the cake quasi-recognizable, and I am happy. Here is a look back on years past:
Year 1: Cupcakes
An homage to Dukes of Hazzard...get it?
The last smart idea I had. 12 full months of sleep deprivation and I couldn’t find my way out of a cardboard box of cake mix let alone make an actual cake. Cupcakes were where it was at in ’09
Year 2: Yo Gabba Gabba
Cakes with eyeballs = wee bit creepy
Who knew plain cakes with eyeballs could be so hard?? And that you actually needed to put wooden dowels inside to help support the weight? And the time that went into making true red frosting…yeah, that was a big learning curve year for me. Thankfully they were only 2 and not cake connoisseurs yet. Oh, and if you don’t know what Yo Gabba Gabba is, consider yourself lucky.
Year 3: Mickey Mouse
Thank you buzz lightyear helmet for forming these ears..
I got a little more obsessive about this cake, the boys were older and I had some more free time to do research. So I thought it might be a good idea to do their names, in Disney font. Not such a great idea when you have to press black fondant through your garlic press. (black garlic, not yummy) But overall not too shabby.
And finally, Year 4: Toy Story
Full realization that I am cuckoo for cocoa puffs...
I took two days off of work to finish this cake. Two vacation days, people! On a cake. For Preschoolers.
Oh that room with the rubber walls does look like fun! And that sweet white jacket looks very comfy….
So now that I am back from insane-ville, we can get back to regularly scheduled recipes and posts. I will not post any specific recipes for the monstrosity here, but you may see some in the future. I will throw you guys a bone for all your nice, no-complaining waiting, so here is the rundown of the cake layers:
Layer 1: Chocolate Stout Cake w. Whipped Chocolate Ganache Filling
Layer 2: Brown Butter Yellow Cake w. Whipped Lemon Curd Filling.
Layer 3: Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats covered in Fondant.
Ahh, it’s good to be back in a land that doesn’t revolve around Toy Story, or cake, or frosting, or parties, or……