Step 1. Learn how to basket weave frosting! This one wasn't so bad, and I'm reeely proud of how well it turned out! I found a link that showed a picture of how to do it. thankfully - I'm visual so it wasn't half bad. I started out with my vertical lines a little too close together, but by the time I finished, I had the hang of it and I LOVE the results!
Step 2. Ice cup cakes to look like flowers. Ok - here's where everything went to sh&%! I used a mix for Gram's cake, but normally, I use a heavier batter. Everything was going fine, until the weight of the cupcakes with frosting drug them down the sticks so that they were poking through! ugh! *ping* Brainwave!! I cut mini marshmellow's in half and used them as stoppers!! I'M A GENIUS!!! Cept...that's when I found out the cake had to travel to Royalton! *sigh* There's no way that mini marshmellows will stand the vibration of a 2hour car ride...baaaack to square one!
Step 3. Start over!! The end result was to take the top off of a big cupcake and use it as a base for the 3 sunflowers. I used my sticks to hold it all in place, and stuck the mini cupcakes in and around and touched up the smears that resulted from the mess I made earlier.
Anyway - I know that Gram has never had a cake like it, and she'll be thrilled. Normally I like learning lessons...cuz I solve the problems and know better for next time. This time, though, I didn't actually solve anything which was a bummer! I will try again, though and I'm still very happy that I finally managed to pull off the basket weave thing!
So - Here she is in all her finished splendor. The colors are a little washed out in the pic, but you get the idea! If I would have had more time, there would have been more colors on the cake...as it is - rose is Grams fave color so it's all good! Maybe I'll try to master roses next time??
and now...I'm off to clean up the kitchen... *sigh* Or maybe I'll just bake another cake?? lol