Having done the 3D pumpkin and frog cakes for my daughter's previous birthdays, I decided to do something more of a traditional cake shape but stylized this year. I thought I would do a cute polka dot and bows type of thing to tip the scales more towards a feminine balance. So a couple of days ago I came up with this idea inspired by a Meomi's September desktop calendar that I totally loved.
It didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned it and I wish I had more time to have added a couple extra details. Because I've only been doing cakes in fondant, I'm not used to making decorations with butter cream anymore so my fern leaves were very blob-y. I should have used royal icing but that pesky time thing again. Although this cake is pretty gender neutral I think it fit the "cute" requirement I was looking for.
"Monkey pants" gets so excited about cake she even ate the pine cone guy. She also caused me a lot more work when I left her eating her lunch on the kitchen counter alone with the orange fondant leaves that were set out under a paper towel to dry. I was in such a hurry to take her to preschool that I didn't even realize the devastation until I came back to clean up the kitchen. All the leaves were gone ... totally gone; not even a fondant crumb was left. It was a good thing she was at preschool because it gave me a couple of hours to cool down.