Huskey Cake is coming

I have now three cakes in the making.  I can’t believe it!!  This is going to merit finally generating a price structure.  So, here are the cakes:

  1. Confirmation cake for a teenager who just got onto the varsity soccer team at our local high school
  2. Webkinz cake for my daughter turning seven
  3. A baby shower cake for a couple who just adopted a little boy

Here is the plan.  Next weekend is the soccer/high school cake.  Our local High School’s mascot is the Huskey, the colors are burnt orange and navy blue.  My plan is to make an 8 inch, two layer yellow cake filled with chocolate ganache.  The frosting will be a buttercream merangue in navy blue.  I had to figure out how to make the paw print of the huskey on top of the cake.  So here’s what I did:

Drew the outline of a paw print on a piece of heavy posterboard.  I thought about purchasing stencil sheets, but they were very expensive and would have really jacked up the price of the cake.  I used and exacto knife from home to make a stencil.

Paw Print Stencil

Then I melted orange and red white chocolate together and spread it over the stencil to make the basic outline.  What I ended up with looked like this:


I do like the way the paw print turned out. The side that is on the bottom and smooth will become the top. But, I decided to take it a step further. Since he is such a soccer buff, I thought some soccer balls on the cake would be great. So, I made these soccer ball pops that I will stick into the edge of the cake. The cake is due next weekend, I am excited to see how it turns out.

soccer ball white chocolate lollypops

The best weekend of my summer

Here is a list I wrote to mark the highlights of the 4th weekend.  So much fun…too much fun…thanks for making the journey and thanks for being so friggin awesome. 

My favorite weekend of the summer by the numbers:
10 college friends
9 kids and an occasional neighbor
5 minivans
10 beds (give or take a sleeping bag/sofa)
2,000 miles traveled there and back

2 bottles of Champaign
4 bottles of white
4 bottles of red
10 cases of beer
1 bottle Jim Beam
1 bottle Jamaican rum
1 bottle Jamaican wine
6 Mojitos

2 gallons of milk
13 pounds of beef
24 chicken thighs
3 packages of lunchmeat
1 dish red beans and rice
1 dish pigeon peas and rice
1 huge tray of jerk chicken
4 heads of lettuce
1 plate of plantains, some goat stew
4 boxes of cereal, 12 single serving mandarin oranges
2 boxes of fruit snacks
1 double batch of brownies
3 bags of chips
2 packages of bagels
1 lime green lemon birthday cake
2 jugs of orange juice
3 packages turkey bacon
3 dozen eggs
1 box of pancake mix
45 raviolis
2 bags pita chips
1 huge batch of hummus
3 zucchini’s
2 yellow squash
5 tomatoes
3 garlic bulbs
1 pound mushrooms
4 batches of popcorn
1 box rigatoni3 boxes mac and cheese
potato salad

1 broken toilet
1 plumber house call
1 toothbrush dislodged from broken toilet
4 American girl dolls take the el home
1 candy store
1 lost tooth
1 skate park
1 trip to game stop
1 trip to legoland
1 trip to IKEA
1 trip to Forest Park Pool
1 trip to Millenium park
1 trip to Lake
1 trip to Wrigley Field
1 trip to Daley Plaza
tons of fireworks in the alley
corn hole

Here are some shots of the weekend.  Will post more as I get them. 

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A colleague and long term friend of mine is retireing next week.  I have partaken in just a few drinks over the course of the last couple of weeks in her honor.  She made the well planned decision a few years back to buy a place on Amelia Island in Florida to move to upon retirement–never a fan of Chicago winters.  I’ll be headed out to another celebration this evening for her.  Last week,  post-Blue Moon I agreed to bake a cake this week for her.  This time it is for a girlfriends’ retirement.  Headed out to Micheal’s today to get some ideas.  I am excited to bring out the pans, boards and bowls.  I am considering an island theme….