Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother's Day Ideas: Bake a Cake!

I love making cakes. My husband doesn't see why I like to spend several days making a cake that will be eaten in minutes, but for some reason it brings me happiness. Because I have boys, I don't get to make flowery "girl" cakes very often. Last year I decided to make my mother and mother-in-law cakes for Mother's Day. If flowers aren't your thing, give your kids tubes of writing icing and them them decorate the cake! Grandma will love it either way!

The cakes are pretty easy to make, although slightly time consuming. I made the gum paste flowers for the cakes several days ahead to give them time to dry completely. I had learned to make the calla lilies, roses, and daisies in a Wilton cake decorating class. I made up some of the other flowers on the cake! Wilton sells a book on how to make different kinds of flowers, or they sell pre-made rosesposies, and leaves too. Have fun with the flowers! Try experimenting with different cookie cutters or fondant cutters to make fun shaped flowers.

I made a 6 x 3 inch round yellow cake per person and let them cool completely. I sliced the cakes through the middle. I added a ring of white buttercream around the edge of the cake and filled it in with chocolate buttercream, walnuts, and caramel sauce. The white icing ring helps keep the darker colors of chocolate and caramel from showing/leaking through. I then placed the other cake half on top and iced the whole cake in a white buttercream. I added a bottom border of round white sprinkles and then added on the flower decorations.

Ring of white buttercream, middle of
chocolate buttercream
Walnuts and caramel sauce added on

Cake 1
Cake 2

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