Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Would you look at that....

So, Saturday I had a party to go to. A close family friend was throwing a party for her daughter who turned 29. She just loves frogs and elephants. My mom told me she said that I would make a cake if Kathy, the friend wanted. So, I jumped at the chance, and just hoped I could make a pretty cool cake.

I looked all over the net for ideas and possible tutorials. For many, I would need a shaped cake pan, which by the time I decided to do the frog theme, it was too late and I didn't have the money for it anyways. And I would have had to get it online, which I waited til Friday to let my mom know what I needed to make it.

I found one that sounds great and pretty easy. I ended up making it my own kind of. I just got two white cake mixes and store bought buttercream icing. The tutorial said I needed a 8in square cake, and 9in round one and two cupcakes. As I said before, I waited to long. I realized I only had one thing, the cupcake pan. I ended up using a rectangle pan instead of square. And also used my springform pan for the round one. Which was a great idea.

So pretty much just bake the mixes as stated, or if by scratch do that. Make sure to make the 3 size cakes you need.
I put it in the fridge for the night, because lately, I can't just get rid of these fruit flies. They are few now though luckily.
I frosted it the next morning, just took and frosted the top of the cupcakes in white, then mixed up most of what was left and made that a limeish green, which I later used for spots.
I used what I had left from that and the other can to make a darker green. Then I frosted it, and it actually turned out nice and smooth, better than any other time I have ever done so.

Then I just used M&Ms, KISS ones at that, to make the eyes and mouth.

ETA: I realized that I never actually explained how to go about doing the cake. Once the cakes have cooled, you will want to take the square/rectangle one and cut it to make the legs and feet. You can see that the one foot looks a bit bigger, I cut that one too close and it came apart when I moved it. So, I had to try and get it in there just right. Which didn't go the greatest.
After cutting the legs/feet, you pretty much just frost the pieces and put them together. I frosted the cupcakes first, then the body, then the legs.

That is pretty much it.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

TS and that puffy paint!

So, first I am going to address the TS part. TS is Toy Society. I know that some of my followers know of it. But I am not actually sure how many of the blogs I follow know about it. There are so many talented ladies, that I'm sure would make some pretty neat things for this. I am making a couple little finger puppets for my drop.

I should probably explain what it is. It is, in a nutshell, anonymous handmade toys for perfect strangers. I will link it up, so you all can just check it out yourself, because I am at a loss for words on explaining it. Check it out here.

Now, today, while going around to the blogs I like to frequent. I saw this post on Skip to My Lou. I had seen this puffy paint in a craft book we took out of the library about a month ago, and I knew I wanted to make it then, but I totally forgot about it until seeing that post.  I suggest doing this, it was alot of fun.
And to end the post here are some pictures.

Puff is up momma, puff it up.