Yellow and Green Bird Birthday Cake
giant tub of decorating icing from the store. I usually make my own frosting for my cakes, but given the situation this was a great alternative. The frosting was surprisingly tasty and creamy, and lots of people asked about it. I piped it on as the polka dots on the green fondant ribbons and as the nest for the green fondant bird on top.
For support, I used bamboo skewers in the bottom layer. I didn't do cardboard under the top layer, since it was only 6" rounds, but it did sink about a half an inch. Next time, I will do both bamboo and cardboard for extra support. I used this recipe for a beefed-up chocolate cake from a mix, and it was a huge hit as well. The only thing that I did differently was to leave out the chocolate chips, since this cake was for little kids. This recipe is a real keeper, though, and next time I will add the choco chips. With the leftover batter, I also made a bunch of cupcakes, since I just can't help myself.
And no, I don't get anything for saying that I love it (although I wouldn't turn it down. . .). I ordered the cupcake liners, thinking they were greaseproof. They were definitely not, but I just popped another one over them and they still looked super cute.