What Happened to Spring and a Birthday Cake

Spring?

Today is the first day of spring, and yesterday I saw this little guy poking through my garden.


Is it Finally Spring in PA - Balancing Bites


And today, this is happening. Where I come from this isn’t spring. Sigh.



First Day of Spring in PA - Balancing Bites


A Friend’s Birthday Cake

Most of the cakes I made in Austin did not turn out great. I blame the humidity. They were always too dense and the frosting didn't hold up.

One of the few cakes that turned out okay, was a cake I made for my friend’s birthday. The cake reflected her love of dogs and tattoos.

Tattoo and Dog Birthday Cake
I made a french vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and covered  it in Satin Ice fondant (my favorite store bought fondant).

The red hearts were made with gum paste and outlined using a black food marker. The ribbon was also made using gum paste.

The dog was made from half fondant/half gum paste, which dries quickly while allowing time to shape the pieces.

I wrapped the bottom of the cake with a thick black ribbon.

I wanted my friend to have this cake not only because it was her birthday, but also because she was separated from her husband and family due to relocating for work. I wanted her to have a nice birthday. She loved the cake.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful spring day.


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