Thursday, December 15, 2011

Captain Underpants

Unlike his sister, Jordy prefers to celebrate his birthdays with small parties.  With five days to spare, these are what he asked for:

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Faster than a speeding waistband ...
... More powerful than boxer shorts ...
... and able to leap tall buildings without getting a wedgie.

a Captain Underpants birthday cake - double chocolate with meringue buttercream.  I used a recipe from one of my many cookbooks, one I haven't tried before.  The cake came out really moist and chocolate-y, and the buttercream was a dream.

We figured since he only asked eight kids to his party, we could afford to exert a bit more effort and put together a (very!) simple dessert table.  We were not able to create backdrops and fancy props, but just the same, Jordy loved it all and cackled with glee over the lollies and sweets.

-  Super Power Juice -
- Dandelions of Doom (Oreo pops) -
- Underpanty Power (underpants sugar cookies) -
- Choco Potties (chocolate pots with white chocolate pearls) -
- Ms Ribble's Hair Balls (meringue that I wish we stuck onto a styrofoam head) -
- Booger Bombs (green choc beans from Sharnel Dollar) -
- Potty Pellets (coca-cola jelly beans from Sharnel Dollar) -


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Water pistols.

The kids received small water pistols in their party bags.  Unfortunately, but much to Jordy's delight, half the guests decided to give him huge water guns that shoot multiple streams of water out in one go.  No one ventured out to the front yard to take photos.

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Glow sticks and sparklers.

Happy birthday, Blubby!
(According to Jordy, his middle name is Blubby.  I have no idea where it came from.) 

November 12, 2011

Luau Birthday Cakes

One of the most amazing things about what I do is having the opportunity to be part of a family's celebrations.  A few years ago, I made red, black and gold-themed cupcakes for Maddie, Caro and Alex's 18th birthday.  Soon after that, Maddie called me and asked me to make their mum's 50th birthday cupcakes.  And now, the triplets are turning 21, and having a Hawaiian luau.

I'm glad they chose to have three cakes to be displayed on a row of cake pedestals instead of sharing a single stacked cake.  I'm glad they picked to have layers of dark and white chocolate orange mudcakes instead of just the one flavour for each cake.  Each girl picked the colours that she loves.  They may be triplets, but they are different too, each in her own special way.