Gabrielle and I have an agreement when it comes to her birthday cakes. Not a verbal one, or one solidified with a handshake. My darling granddaughter wants it in writing and all parties must sign it. Yep, that’s my girl. Number one, it had to be two round tiers. The largest one white with chocolate between the layers, and the smaller one chocolate with chocolate frosting between the layers. This is the white cake recipe , and the chocolate one was from a box that I added instant chocolate pudding and chopped bittersweet chocolate to. In keeping with the party theme I used a zebra edible image to the buttercream frosted cake. My two sheets of edible image weren’t enough to go around both cakes so I airbrushed the gaps in pink to tie it all together.
Gabbi, like most girls her age like sparkly things, and I want to add a bit of bling. For the cake plate I bought an album frame which was a 12’ square. Charisse and I found pink glitter tape that fit perfectly around the frame. I added clear and black rhinestone-like gems on top of the glitter tape. I slipped in a square of zebra print scrapbook paper under the glass to complete. Move over Martha! A #7 sparkler candle completed the look. When she looked at her cake and said, “Nanni I love it!”, I kinda melted.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m in a bit of a familiar groove with my dessert tables. There always seems to be some leftover cake in my freezer which lends itself to cake truffles. So if there’s an occasion coming up that calls for dessert that’s portable, cake truffles it is. Here’s the cake truffle link to them from days gone by.
Charisse kinda likes lemon tartlets, so if the party is her idea, she can surely have lemon tartlets. One thing that I really love about them is that I nail the crust every time. Booyah!!!
There was way too much chocolate cake mix leftover so I made jumbo cupcake and frosted them with a canned chocolate frosting. Making chocolate butter cream from scratch was not on my agenda and I didn’t think the kids would really care. The birthday girl would have staged a mutiny if I hadn’t made the only cookie that she genuinely cares for, a sugar cookie.
Gabrielle also gave her mom a list of candy that she wanted on the buffet. Hershey’s Kisses, Sour Patch Kids, Pop Rocks, Skittles, Twizzlers, and M&M’s. Unfortunately none of those were available in zebra print or pink or black. We used zebra and pink ribbon, and coordinating name tags on the candy jars. For elevation on the table I wrapped boxes in you guessed it, zebra tissue. A few black and pink feathers sealed the deal. I’m telling you we know how to wear out a theme!
I have a few savory pics to show you in my next post.