For the Record, This One takes the Cake!

It’s been a year exactly to this date since I posted the Elephant Cupcake entry.  Who knew that post would become, up until the triple evil devil cake, my most viewed entry?  As of today, that post has had 2,008 visits. Amazing!  In 1 week, my triple evil devil cake had 3,410 visits.  Even more amazing!  But, I digress.  Some of you may remember those elephant cupcakes.  They were pretty dang cute.  I’ve linked that post for the rest of you, or those who have already enjoyed it, to refresh your memory.   But that’s not the point of this post. 

I was once again hired to create something fun and different for Celia’s 4th birthday.  Her third birthday party theme was “Zoo Animals,” hence the Elephant Cupcakes.  She’s growing up fast and more sophisticated.  This year I was handed the theme “Dance Party/DJ.”  Albeit the dancing we’re talking about here is the Hokey Pokey and Musical Chairs, I believe I came up with a real winner this time. 

That's right, I have my own record label!

Miss Celia wanted her own chocolate cake for herself and her friends.  The vanilla and red velvet cupcakes were for the grown-ups and babies at the party. 

So, I made a record cake.  Four layers of chocolate buttermilk cake, each with an alternating color of frosting in between to match the frosting on the cupcakes.  The label was made from Wilton’s Pink Candy Melts.  I melted the pieces down over a water bath, then poured it into a stainless steel ring mold and let it set.  Before it hardened all the way, I used a pastry tip to create the center hole.  The ring was placed on a Silpat, so the label had a nice texture to it.  I’m not giving away all of my secrets here, so I’m not telling how I got the printing on the label.  A girl’s gotta have some mystery, ya’ know. 

The whole spread

Katie and I had a lot of fun with this photo shoot.  It’s a good thing we have tons of vinyl in our massive music room and concert quality speakers, to boot! 

Hand made treble clefs visually imply music

I’m sure glad I paid over $19,000 for culinary school.  How ever would I learn to temper chocolate without that training?  But temper chocolate I did and made these treble clefs and a few musical notes to top each of the cupcakes. 

Here's a pretty pink one

When Celia saw the cupcakes, the first words out of her little mouth were “Music!”  What a sweetheart.  The next utterance was, “I want that pink one!” 

I don’t know if you noticed, but all of the cupcake papers are blue, pink and green to co-ordinate with the frosting colors.  I do like to pay attention to all of the details. 

A nice shot of the blue ones

A fun shot of the green ones

I couldn’t help but notice as I’m putting this piece together that the treble clefs on both center cupcakes are dyslexic!  Guess I’m not quite as detail oriented as I fancied myself to be.  Opps! 

I thought I got them all right but, no, there's a dyslexic one in there too. Oh, snap!

One last look, just for fun

This total project was pure joy for me.  Lots of work but totally worth it, even down to the photo shoot.  Katie and I had a blast picking out the different albums to use.  Check and see if you recognise any.  I’m sure you will.  And yeah, the music was blasting the whole time.

10 Responses to “For the Record, This One takes the Cake!”

  1. May 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Ahhh, the dyslexic treble clef was my favorite one.

    You forgot to mention that once Celia was over the excitement of pastel musical cupcakes, she disappeared into the pool room where she became completely mesmerized by the pool table covered in pink cloth. She actually has quite the amazing talent for banking the pool balls off one side of the table back into the opposite side pocket… I was impressed! Maybe next year’s theme will be pool balls and Barbie dolls (little Celia was also hypnotized by all the Barbies in our pool room)… you should get to work on designing that one right away.

    That cake was way cute, by the way. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talent! Rock on, darling!

  2. May 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve been toying with the idea of a pool table cake. I figured it would be for your next birthday. I wonder if Celia’s mom told her dad what a little shark they may have on their hands. Seriously, that girl has great aim! I wish I could bank like that. As always, thanks for commenting and filling in the blanks for me. Love you!

  3. May 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

    omigod. ur a genius. i got a hint of it when i saw ur ‘oh no u didnt’ post and kept waiting all these days for more. this is my 3rd visit here and u have blown me away. come ….back me a cake for my birthday too 😦 i wish i had a gran like urs growing up!!!

    • May 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much! I love what I do and am happy to share it with the world. Thanks for returning!
      You can subscribe to this blog and never miss a future installment. I would love to have you join the fun.

  4. 5 limenlemons
    May 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

    *bake i meant! not back.

  5. 7 Nana Betsy
    May 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    You are so blessed with creativity. I love everything you have done for Celia! Thank you for sharing this adventure. I wish you could have seen the kids dance and DANCE!??? Even little Finn. Everyone loved your cake. Best ever tasted heard over and over. One guest had three pieces! b

    • May 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Oh, Nana Betsy! Thank you so much. I wish I could have seen those little darlings dancing. I’ll bet it was adorable! You know, I love Celia like she was my own grandchild. I can’t believe she’s 4 already! I think she was 6 or 7 months old when we first met. I’m so happy to hear how much everyone enjoyed the cake. The pleasure was all mine in helping to make her party a success.

  6. May 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    i love the treble clefs. the blue and pink ones are my fave. Wish I could have one now 🙂

    • May 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you! I wish I could give you one now. They are even tastier than they look. Yeah, I know, rub it in! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It is appreciated.

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