CrossFit Birthday Cake

I’m going to pretend like it hasn’t been a month or so since my last post. Because it’s now May. I feel like May kind of gets screwed because that’s when everyone starts counting down to summer. And by everyone, I mean students and teachers. That’s how I view May…a gateway to summer. I had been baking every weekend since February and thought last weekend would be a little break…until I was approached with a cake request that was different from what I normally do. Of course I couldn’t say no. I was asked to do a CrossFit cake, which I’ve done before, but this one was all fondant. Now I know how to make fondant, and decorate with fondant and gumpaste. It’s just my personal opinion that it doesn’t taste that good and that regular frosting is better. Fondant usually wins in the looks department though (I guess that means buttercream has a great personality.) Anyways, I hadn’t made a fondant cake since I took a cake decorating class four years ago. I will say it is much easier to do fondant than pipe buttercream!

CrossFit Cake
CrossFit Cake

First I made a kettlebell out of rice krispies treats. This was to go on top of the cake. It took me about 20 minutes to shape the rice krispies into a kettlebell, a lot less stressful than trying to make one with cake. I covered the bell and handle in fondant separately, and then attached the handle to the bell with toothpicks. I cut out a 4-0 and glued it to the front (birthday boy was turning 40). Edible glue y’all…basically sugar water. I also made jump rope handles out of gumpaste. I did all of this the day before I made the cake, so it would have time to set.

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I baked two 8″ cakes and leveled them off. I placed one cake on the large cake board and covered it in buttercream, then fondant. I put the second layer on an 8″ cake board and covered it in fondant as well. Then I stacked the second layer on the first layer, but slightly off center to represent stacked plates. I cut out “Happy Birthday” in gumpaste and adhered it to the two layers. I also added letters and numbers on top of the cake to add some detail of the plate. I added the kettlebell on top, glued the jump rope handles with frosting, and added a fondant rope to the handles. I left some of powdered sugar on the kettlebell and the cake because it looked like chalk. That’s it! I love how bright this cake is!

CrossFit Cake

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The Day After Christmas

Generally speaking, the baking and cooking screeches to a halt after all the Christmas meals. Mostly because people stop eating once they enter a food coma. However my sister’s birthday is the day after Christmas…so we get to do it all over again! My parents created some rule when we were little that we could never celebrate her birthday in conjunction with Jesus’, so we get double the celebration. Anyways, of course I am in charge of the cake. Because she wants a cake- NOT cupcakes.

I decided to go with Martha Stewart’s vanilla cake, though some Limoncello liqueur may have slipped in there in the process (she IS turning 21!).

To my surprise my sister suggested a PINK cake (very out of character for her) so I decided to go with a strawberry cream cheese fillingĀ  (this is primarily because I had some leftover from some strawberry cupcakes I did). I made some pink Limoncello buttercream frosting to complete the whole strawberry/lemon theme. And voila! First cake I made with my new mixer! It works amazing by the way- I think I’m in love.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHERINE!!