This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.
I was never a baker, that is until Ellie came along. She’s always been interested in baking, has a HUGE sweet tooth (much like her mother,) and at the age of 3 started watching YouTube cake design videos constantly. For my 39th birthday, John decided to indulge her interest and they worked together to make me a giant castle cake. Oh the cuteness! And for her 4th birthday, I studied up online and created a little flower confection especially for her.
I’ve decided that while I’m not a fan of the ginormous mess that baking creates — wouldn’t it be nice to have little clean up fairies?! — I really enjoy the cake design portion of the program. I’ve found myself surfing Pinterest and YouTube looking for techniques and ideas when an event is coming. So when I had the opportunity to preview a brand new book about cake design I jumped at the chance.
Cake My Day is a new book from the authors of the best-selling book Hello, Cupcake! It is now available for pre-order and if you visit the link, there’s also an awesome contest if you order before March 24th.
I absolutely encourage you to check it out. The cakes are really amazing, and if you’re afraid that you could NEVER make one of the beauties in this book, I’d like you to reconsider. If I can do it, I know you can too.
Cake My Day not only features stunning cake designs like that abominable snowman above, but also offers step by step tutorials and really interesting tips on how to make the cake design experience easier. I love easy. For example, these awesome cakes below from the book feature Sweetworks candy. Ellie just flipped when she saw that rainbow cake!
Throughout the book you’ll learn how the authors use Sweetworks candies and other treats; what tools work best; and cake making, shaping and frosting tips to enhance cake design in smarter, more efficient ways for the average baker like me. Plus of course they also share pure art confections for the more advanced cake designer.
Photos from Cake My Day
So I took that inspiration and put my own spin on it. Ellie had a superhero 5th birthday party last month and she had designed her own cake with stars. While I was browsing at Value Village I stumbled upon a star cake pan for $1.99 and could not resist. I had been reading Cake My Day and immediately envisioned using the Ovation sticks, Sixlets and other Sweetworks candy a bit like the argyle cake.
I am so proud of how it turned out! Yes it’s not perfect, but I was totally impressed to be able to pull this off so well. Ellie even got into the act and helped me put the green Sixlets on the sides.
My Cake My Day Inspired Star Cake
Baking the cake: I tend to enhance the yellow cake mix with a little cream cheese to create an extra moist texture. (When I bake with the devil’s food, I leave as is.) I used store bought icing that I microwaved for 10 seconds to make smooth for frosting.
How I got started: I started by cutting the Ovation sticks to the sizes needed before icing the cake. Then I worked on icing the top and placing the blue, pink and white candies, then progressed to the sides. Ovation sticks first, then green candies.
What do you think?! Pretty cool, right?
Now’s your chance to get your hands on a digital copy of Cake My Day and some Sweetworks candy to create your very own confection masterpiece. Please enter from today though March 27 at the handy Rafflecopter form below. And don’t forget to check all out of the other Fashionista blogs linked below who also have giveaways going on! Good luck!
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