Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Birthday Teapot Cake

When our little friend Emma Brown decided to have a birthday tea at Smith-Byrd House in Prattville, I immediately volunteered to make her cake. I hope this chocolate cake with buttercream icing was 8-year-old Emma's cup of tea.

The teapot is a Wilton ball cake, baked in two half-sphere pans and secured with icing. The handle and spout are cut from cardboard and inserted into the cake. Covered with icing piped on with a star tip, you would never know! I guess my favorite technique right now for covering a cake is piping swirls of icing on with a large star tip because the varying circles work together to look like roses. Pink rose buds piped on with an angled tip -- accented with green leaves and stems piped on with a V-shaped tip and small round tip, respectively -- complete the design. And this little teapot is ready to be tipped over and poured out for a sweet little girl's birthday.
And speaking of birthdays, today is my 39th! eek!

This birthday moves me swiftly toward that big birthday that many women fear. But I love what Christian Dior has to say on the matter: "Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely."

So let's raise our teacups to obtaining maximum fascination! Tomorrow, a teatime surprise.


Sylvia said...

Take this from someone who has been there---every year gets better and better!!!
Love, Sylvia

Lois Evensen said...

Happy Birthday!

What a beautiful cake! It's so nice to be able to take a picture so we can have our cake and eat it, too. :)

Rach said...

Happy Birthday!

Very pretty cake!

Anonymous said...

Lovely cake... have a very happy birthday!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!

classicms said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. Every day is a true gift, enjoy each one of them and rejoice when those days add up to another year. You have such a special gift, thank you for sharing it with all of us. MM

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Melissa! So sorry I am a day late. I hit the Big 50 this year and I am so excited! How blessed am I to have such a wonderful gift of 50 years on this planet? I look forward to the day I see my Savior face to face but until then every day is a birthday. And thank you for the gift of loveliness you provide everyday.
Amy James
PS...I thought of you every time I looked at my beautiful Christmas ornament you sent me that hung on the tree this year. Thank you again.

mgster said...

Happy Birthday, Melissa! Ahhh...to be 39 again! LOL

I am planning to try your rose technique on my next cake. If it comes out half as nice as yours, I will be pleased.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

That's an amazing cake there.

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