happy fourth of july to all my american readers, and happy belated canada day to my canadian readers!
we have been crazy busy the last week or so. it's july- party month. from the 1st to the 10th of july, we have 5 birthday parties that we have gone to/are going to. and that's just the first ten days of july! there are more coming after that too!
fortunately i am only slotted to make cakes for 2.5 of the birthdays this month. which is good, cause i tried to time myself to see how long it takes me to make cakes and cookies for a party, and i banked over 8 hours! but it's not so bad since i discovered that baking ahead of time and freezing cakes not only save time, but are a necessary step, especially if you need to carve the cakes. which i did.
so i made a cake for my sweet friend Jenny, whose sweet and adorable daughter turned one yesterday, but had her party on sunday. the party was so lovely, even though it was a million degrees out. but fortunately there was a pool and chick-fil-a sweet tea involved, so i am not complaining!
anyway, jenny told me a lot of months ago that she was having a bumble bee themed birthday party for bree, and i told her that i would love to make a cake for her. and then i was out and about and found a bumble bee and bee hive cookie cutters, so i also made cookies to boot.
the cakes were duncan hines, but the cookies, chocolate buttercream frosting, and the marshmallow fondant were all homemade! i even decorated the cookies with the marshmallow fondant which made life a lot easier since my hand goes kinda stiff when i have to pipe too much. i haven't gotten a real review about the cookies (lily and topher loved them, shocking, i know) so we will have to see if that is something i will actually do again. the cake was three layers, and the smash cake sat on top with a little fondant bumble bee. something i probably won't do again is make the smash cake with fondant- cause it's just too hard for a 1 year old to smash. but i used the fondant for bree's smash cake cause i didn't think the shape would hold properly if i iced the bee hive- due to the ridiculously hot weather we've been having.
anyhoo, eveything turned out pretty good over all, and jenny is such a great photographer that even if things didn't turn out great on my end- she made everything look great in her pictures ;) great job jenny! and happy 1st birthday sweet little bree! i love you you cute little chubby girl!!!!!