If Bakingdom was a little human, it would be starting kindergarten this fall! It’s easy for me to think of my blog as a little human, too – as a child of mine. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into this dear site of mine, but a whole lot more joy, laughter, and love has gone into, too. I love Bakingdom like a member of the family. <3
I truly can’t believe that it has already been five years since I first published a post announcing the beginning of my little realm on the internet. In that time, so, so very much has happened. We’ve moved not only all over the U.S., but even across the globe. I’ve been blessed to see my recipes and work featured in some prominent places that still make me jump for joy. Best of all, I’ve met so many incredibly amazing people, and formed friendships that will last the rest of my life.
Obviously, I couldn’t let this momentous occasion pass without cake. Obviously.
I prefer buttercream to fondant, so I kept all of my tiers sweet with homemade vanilla buttercream. For the bottom layer, I did simple, but elegant, swirls of pretty blue frosting, studded with sweet golden stars. My middle layer is cover with a lovely, plain layer of smooth white buttercream, and decorated with simple waves of blue that have been adorned with pearly sprinkles and more golden stars.
These two layers are totally making me dream of the sea and a pretty mermaid cake. I’m think I’ll have to make this whole cake again, except with green frosting in place of the blue!
As for the top layer, that’s where the bling, and some quintessential pink, comes in! Not only did I makeover a grocery store candle with paint, glitter, and rhinestones, but I also layered the top of the tier with fine edible gold leaf. This whole top tier makes me giddy!
Best of all, it’s hiding a sweet surprise!
Inside of the top tier of the cake, I snuck in my very own Bakingdom-themed sprinkle mix. I’m pretty sure you can’t have a happier cake than one that spills forth sparkling sprinkles with the first cut!
And I love all of you, my dearest readers. I love sugar enough that there’s not much that would stop me from baking, but to be able to share it with all of you, and to be blessed with your incredible support – it doesn’t get any better than that. Thank you!
This weekend, enter for a chance to win one of five cupcake icing kits. Five kits for five readers to celebrate five years. 🙂 To enter for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about how you first discovered Bakingdom, or your favorite post or recipe. Maybe you came along because of a cake recipe, or maybe it was some geekery that lead you this way. I know I can’t get enough of all of me Potter posts. 😉 Contest ends Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 11:59pm PST, and you’re automatically entered to win when you comment! This giveaway is open to international readers. The five winners will be chosen randomly at www.random.org and announced Wednesday, February 4th, 2015. I will contact the winner, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section! **Comments are moderated, so if you’ve never commented before, it will take some time for your comment to appear! All comments will be moderated and posted BEFORE the closing of the giveaway.** Good luck with the giveaway!
And the winners are…..
…comments 10, 52, 74, 158, and 212!
Congratulations Vicki Sianez, Angela Willis, Jen, Beth, and Luli!! Not gonna lie…it’s amazingly awesome how many of you found me, or stayed, because of all things Potter! Potter heads forever! Thank you all for entering, and congrats! I’ll be emailing you soon to obtain your mailing address. <3
Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter, and to all of you for the support and love through the years.