Barb & John's daughter Violet turned one this past Thursday, with a party on Saturday to celebrate. I sort of love that birthday parties of young children tend to only have adults in attendance. It's such a good excuse to see people and eat snacks, don't you think? It's much more fair to the children in a way...all the attention for Violet and her sister Frankie!
As for the particulars, Barb wanted to make a mushroom cake for her right from the start, so with a pretty clear-cut vision, we (cake*lab) set to work.
The cap of the mushroom was carrot cake, the stem chocolate. We used cream cheese icing (the most delicious of all icings) and Barb made violets by hand. She's really talented with flowers. I don't have any experience with them at all (cake building and overall vision are more my thing) and I'm glad to be partnered with someone who is skilled at that. And other things, of course! The vision for this cake was about 90% her, what with it being her daughter's cake and all, and I love how it turned out.
I really wanted to do cupcakes in addition to the cake, have them "sprouting up" everywhere. We made teensy pennants for the cupcakes and, while being entirely over the top, they were pretty darn cute.
I'm so happy with our progress as a team, we really do well together and our combined experience in different areas helps more than I ever guessed it would. We know our strengths and embrace that, but still try to learn new techniques from each other. We had a brief cake hiatus while I was doing intensive job interviews and Barb started working a couple days a week at a french bakery in town. I'm glad to be getting back and doing more. Stay tuned!
PS: I have been working on three knitting projects, one being the Twinkle Shopping Tunic. I finished it and while everyone always said they stretched a lot and all that...mine is too small. Would have had a good FO, but I can barely squeeze into it. Bummer. Now I've got to start over. It only took two days to knit, but still. It's disappointing. Oh, and I'm halfway through the new Harry Potter. I'm not doing anything else until it's finished!