Friday, December 9, 2011

My Favorite Things Sparkly Winter Cake and Giveaway Winner

by Darla

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…

I decided that it was only appropriate that I celebrate the winner of my favorite things giveaway with a cake based on “My Favorite Things,” the song.

You know, the one that Maria (Julie Andrews) sings to the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music when they’re frightened by the storm? Yep. That one.

I just love that song, and that movie, as a matter of fact, so I was really inspired for this cake.

I wanted a frosty, wintry blue and white theme, so I only included things that could be made in those colors…no bright copper kettles or brown paper packages tied up with strings. And especially no schnitzel with noodles.

Instead, I stuck with the raindrops on roses, warm, woolen mittens, and snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…plus, the whole effect is very much like a silver white winter. I even made the “girls in white dresses”…sort of, but they didn’t quite make the cut.

Before I get into the details of this cake, like how to make an ombre cake with buttercream frosting and a tutorial for tiny fondant mittens, I bet you guys wanna know who won the giveaway, huh?

I don’t blame you, that’s a lot of swag on the line.


The winner is….

Comment #491!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, RobynR!!! I love that you included a whole bunch of your favorites, not just your beauty and kitchen faves. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m pretty sure you know how I feel about Firefly, and I’m also totally addicted to Grimm, along with Once Upon a Time. What can I say? I like fairy tales.

Thank you so much for your sweet words. I’m so happy that you enjoy my blog and I hope that I continue to inspire you to visit. :) I will contact you soon for your shipping address.

And I must find this OPI Muppet collection!! Along with about a billion other things that you guys listed as favorites that I’m now desperate to try.

You had a very diverse selection of faves in your comments, but I’d have to say that in beauty, the majority seem to favor their lip balm. I’m so totally with you there, but I also love my mascara. When we were delayed overnight on our move to the Virgin Islands, I wasn’t as upset about the lack of clean clothes and PJs as I was about the lack of mascara. The hubster is so sweet that he walked me to a CVS pharmacy just to buy me some mascara. And all was right with the world.

The KitchenAid mixer is the overwhelming winner of kitchen faves. I have so many favorite little tools and gadgets in the kitchen, but I also absolutely adore my KitchenAid stand mixer(s). I’m hoping to have them custom painted when we are reassigned to the states…if I can ever narrow down a design plan for them.

Thank you to everyone who commented…I have to go shopping for makeup and skin care products now…

Oh, wait!

The cake.

I’ll tell you about the cake first. :)

Creating the ombre effect on the side is so much easier than it seems. Just mix up the varying shades of the color you want to use on your cake, fading from the deepest shade to white. For me, that meant making four shades of blue.

Starting at the bottom, pipe a thick one-inch border of the deepest shade. Next, pipe a border of the second shade, and so on, until you have at least one line of each shade around the cake. Top the cake off with at least one row of white frosting at the top.

Next, use a small offset spatula to smooth the frosting lines down and together. Don’t swipe and spread the frosting as usual. Just gently runt he spatula edge around the cake, smoothing the edges, allowing the colors to blend together as you go.

In retrospect, I think that I would have done two rows of the darkest blue before moving on to the lighter shades, but only because I ended up covering most of that shade up with roses and mittens.

For the roses on the cake, I did small, traditional buttercream roses, and added “raindrops” using edible glitter in silver. For the little mittens, though, I chose to use marshmallow fondant.

I started out with a small ball of plain, white fondant and shaped it into a sort of egg shape. I flattened the bottom part a bit to look like the part of the mitten where the wrist is. Next, I used a paring knife to cut the thumb into the mitten, and gently rounded and shaped it with my fingers. Finally, I used a small flower petal fondant cutter to add texture to the mitten, making it look woolen. You can use any tool to achieve this, like a frosting tip, or even a fork.

The final element of the cake is the glittery snowflakes on top. I simply cut these out of rolled fondant with a cookie cutter. Next I used a little almond extract and edible glitter to make them shine. By letting these sit for two days, in a cool, dry place, they set up and dried out so that they held their shapes when I stood them up on the cake. If you live somewhere particularly warm, or humid, this technique will not work, and I recommend using gum paste instead.

I even made some white dresses with blue satin sashes for this cake, but they didn’t have anywhere to sit. I ended up liking the snowflakes on top so much that they hogged all the room. But I think my little dresses turned out adorable nonetheless. :)

I had a lot of fun using my imagination to create a cake that was inspired by a song. I know I’m not throwing out a tasty new recipe today, or an involved tutorial, but I wanted you to see how anything can inspire fun treats. And you don’t have to include every single element of something in order to create the desired images. Just a few of the things from “My Favorite Things” made this cake come to life for me, and I was singing along with Julie Andrews in my head this entire week. :)

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black December 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

That cake is GORG!


2 Cookbook Queen December 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

BEAUTIFUL!! I love your creations. :)


3 Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more December 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

That is an adorable cake, I love the mittens.


4 Ashley December 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

I love those snowflakes! They’re gorgeous.


5 Tiffany S December 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

A very pretty cake :)
I’ve never worked with fondant before but it looks like so much fun!


6 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

Beautiful cake!! Love the ombre, but I really love the little mittens!!


7 shelly (cookies and cups) December 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

Those snowflakes are so gorgeous. Like I want to wear them as earrings.


8 Karyn - Pint Sized Baker December 9, 2011 at 11:18 am

Love, love, love! Beautiful!


9 Dori December 9, 2011 at 11:33 am

Love how the snowflakes look like ninja stars thrown at the cake! Or is that just me…

Thanks for the icing tip…I’ve actually been meaning to look up how to do that effect. :)


10 Jenny December 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

That is the most adorable cake. I shall put it on my ever expanding list of things to bake, I might get around to making it in the next 10 years ;)


11 Emily ~So Domesticated~ December 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Beautiful cake… and congrats to the winner!


12 Maria December 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

WOW! Beautiful cake!


13 Choc Chip Uru December 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm

This cake seems like something from a fairy tale – a masterpiece :)


14 sweetsugarbelle December 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Sometimes pretty isn’t enough of a word for something. This is stunning!!!


15 Priscilla December 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

What a clever technique for the ombre look on the cake. I must try that! This cake is adorable! I’m also a huge fan of The Sound of Music.


16 Lisa December 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Cool how you incorporated the mittens. Also like Grimm! For a show w/o much of a budget, it’s very good.


17 Dana at Cooking at Cafe D December 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

That cake is breathtaking!

My KA is nekkid.
If I did dress her up, I would prolly get the Flames from this guy’s company.

Congrats Robyn R!


18 nicole {sweet peony} December 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

gorgeous! i love everything about it!


19 trisha December 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

this is stunning!


20 Kieli Heart December 10, 2011 at 1:12 am

I need this cake D:

~ Kieli ~


21 Becca December 10, 2011 at 10:25 am

This is a gorgeous cake. It’s so beautiful and I love the winter colors. You are amazing.


22 snowfern December 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

/ohmy how adorable are those mittens! and those snowflakes!! AHHH


23 Marlen December 11, 2011 at 1:52 am

This cake is amazing!
I love it, especially the fading of colors && the snowflakes!



24 Sugargirl December 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I have been looking for a fine edible glitter like that! All I have been able to find is either super fine pearlizing dust or weird chunky glitter. Can you please link to where you got it?


25 Eve December 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Lovely cake as always!
Congrats to the winner and also…. Yes, totally go find that OPI Muppets nail polish! I’ve been using Designer.. De better! Which is a silvery pinky color and love it!


26 Angela @ The Dancer Bakes December 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

Absolutely gorgeous!


27 Paige December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

This is so crazy amazing and awesome! I’m completely awed.

I bet Julie Andrews would love this too :). I hope she sees it someday!


28 Lior December 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I love this cake! love the snowflakes!
They are gorgeous


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