As most people know, I’m a card maker. I like to try a little bit of everything, but I make cards all the time for family, friends, and Operation Write Home. But my interests temporarily strayed…
So Trenton was in the musical “Once Upon A Mattress” recently at his middle school. He played The Minstral and now has taken a liking to the mandolin! Today they had their cast party and the director asked me for help with a cake–she thought they really deserved something special for their hard work on this production. So I thought about it for a little while and thought that it might be fun to recreate the bed featuring a pile of mattresses that the evil queen hid the pea under. I have played very little with cake decorating. I think I used rolled fondant one other time (almost 14 years ago) for Trenton’s first birthday cake! But I watch Cake Boss–I can do it, right?!
I set to work, beginning by making two 9 X 13″ yellow cakes. I “glued” them together with vanilla butter cream. I think I’ve lost count of how many sticks of butter I used for this cake, between the frosting and the cakes themselves! I covered the layers with some more butter cream and then rolled out some yellow fondant, cut it in a rectangle and covered the cake with the blanket of fondant. I took the dull side of a paring knife and drew a diamond pattern (scoring the surface, not cutting) for a quilted look, and then added some white sugar pearls. I made fondant pillows and then decorated some bedding under the top blanket with colorful icing. I created a headboard from a little foam crown and some white plastic Grecian pillars, then added a little strip of miniature wooden fencing for the ladder that the princess had to climb. It is amazing what you can find when you wander through a craft store!
If you look closely, you will see the green pea beneath the mattresses. Okay, it is an M & M! The kids were happy and enjoyed the cake. I also made some cupcakes with bright green frosting (pea green, thank you very much!), not knowing if the cake would be big enough for everyone. I did find that this was not an original idea! Many others have made such cakes.
And we all lived happily ever after, eating cake! The End. Thanks for visiting. It was fun to dabble in baking and decorating, but I’ll probably stick to card making! I can’t eat my cards! Have a great day.