belly cake…

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never thought i’d make a belly cake, only b/c i have a rule not to make a cake that resembles a living person or a normal body part.  think it’s kind of morbid to eat something that’s supposed to be a person, baby, you know.  gross stuff, dead stuff, halloweeny stuff is all ok.

but this was a special request for a special baby shower.

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boobs were molded in rice bowls using rice krispie treats.  belly was a cake baked in my stainless steel mixing bowl.

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bow and trim were all rolled fondant. also i tucked crumpled up syran wrap under the fondant to create the ruffles. (and of course removed them before the party)

big mistake was painting the fondant and not coloring it before covering the cake.  i thought i would accomplish a uniform pink using food paint….nope, didn’t work.  it was a rainy humid day too and that didn’t help at all either.

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luckily the overall cake was a success and it was enjoyed by the mother-to-be.

bathroom love…

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our guest bathroom is probably the most design-neglected room in the house.  tiles are from eons ago, fixtures are old and some broken, and even the paint job i did 5 years ago was horrible and incomplete.

so i thought painting the ceiling would be an easy change to a small space that wouldn’t require added investment.

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with painter’s tape i free-handed a zig zag design along the length of the ceiling.

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using left-over paint in our cupboard, i rolled out a coat of dark grey.  to be playful i painted a few of the thin strips with a metallic acrylic craft paint already in my stock.

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$39 for an IKEA hand blown light cover.

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done!

things i learned that i would do differently next time:

– use GOOD quality painter’s tape.  even though i was pretty neurotic pressing down the sides of all the tape, the grey bled through in quite a number of places which is a bugger to fix.

– if i was patient enough and had the budget, i would have purchased a coat of ceiling paint and painted a coat first.  what this does is it primes the space and any paint that bleeds will be the background color anyway.  but i’m lazy and cheap.

bloody pig head cake…

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yeah, sounds gross but it was for halloween.  as always, i feel the need to come up with some gruesome cake for our annual halloween party.  what’s grosser than a raw pig head?

of course i used red velvet cake mix for the head itself.  i covered the head with marshmallow fondant, first time ever making my own marshmallow fondant and it was super easy, super cheap, but not as easy to color. this was tinted pinkish peach to look fleshy.

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using a mixture of deep red and brown food paints, the head was colored with a scrunched up paper towel dipped in the paints.  this technique really gave it a just-butchered raw look.

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and…the filter on my iphone help make it look grosser when i photographed it 🙂

what i’m in love with…

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