birthday monkey cake!

We celebrated Isabel’s 3rd birthday a week early, so Daddy could join us. It was more fun getting ready to celebrate her birthday than the actual celebration. I don’t think we “do” parties well, yet. Maybe in a few years, they will have more fun. But, the cake was AWESOME! I really enjoy making spectacular cakes. So, I wanted to show you the cake and how to make it.

Here it is! Isn’t it wonderful! The reason I wanted to make her a monkey cake is first of all because I wanted the challenge, but secondly because I call Isabel, my monkey. Want to know how?

I used a 3D bear cake pan. I got it from Michael’s several years ago.

It is imperative that you follow the directions that come with this cake pan in baking your cake! Imperative. If you don’t, you will be sorry. Don’t ask me how I know that….3 separate times. ARGH. Read the directions! Follow the directions!

This is how it looks out of the pan…except the ears were on top of it’s head. I forgot to take a picture before I cut them. I cut the ears off with a bread knife. I then inserted toothpicks into the ears, then into the side of the head, like a monkey’s would be.

The icing covers up the features of the bear. You can then just frost the bear in whatever you desire. As it was about midnight when I was frosting this cake, I found I didn’t have chocolate icing. So, I googled how to make brown icing. The directions are here. It turned into a rather lovely brown. With some tweaking here and there, that is.

After you frost it manically, because it is getting later and later, and your birthday girl takes a thousand pictures of you out of excitement for her cake….

Draw the face out of a lighter color of frosting. (I just mixed up the brown with white to make a tan.) Look into your craft stash for some googly eyes, ribbon, and buttons…to make it a girly monkey.

And there you have it! A beautiful girly monkey perfect for the little monkey girl in your life!

I think she was pleased with her cake and decorations. It was all pink and girly and monkey. Just like her!

Linking up, for the first time. EVER!


fancy birthday tea party

bdaycake

My precious little Kate turned 4! (last week) She is such a fancy, dressy, girly girl that I wanted to make her party something that she would love. So, we had a fancy tea party.

The decorations:

Those hearts and flowers in the back are princess wands. I thought those turned out especially lovely.

Here is her cake in all it’s glory. When I would ask her what kind of cake she wanted, she would reply, a pink cake with sparkles and blue, and purple, and flowers….FANCY!!! I googled fancy cake and found a picture of something similar to this and tried my best to duplicate it. The one online was 6 or so layers with fondant. Mine is more like 3 layers with butter/cream cheese frosting. Messy but tasty.

We even made sure the inside was fancy.

Here is the fancy birthday girl. Ready for her party. Notice her accessories?

We decorated crowns and made pearl necklaces. Here are the party goers showing off their princess/fancy attire.

The tea set and me….ready to serve.

Having tea. All the girls really enjoyed the tea. It was a raspberry tea. Decaffeinated, of course. The girls were so careful with the fancy tea cups and saucers. It was really cute.

Ready for presents. She got completely spoiled on dress-up clothes. Now she and Isabel have no need to fight over things. (right?)

The happy birthday girl with her fancy cake. I think the party was a success.

Happy birthday, Kate!

happy birthday, Isabel!

books

Sunday, September 11, we celebrated and remembered something other than what happened in NYC.

Isabel.

She turned 2. My little monkey, who hasn’t been a baby since she was 8 months old and began walking, is officially a toddler. She is a character and a true joy in our lives. She with her hugs and kisses taught me how to be a more loving parent.

Here are a few pictures from her birthday celebration.

It was a simple celebration. Lunch with Grandma and Papa, our babysitter Heather and her husband. Then cake, ice cream and presents with them and Aunt Jada and cousins. Everyone had lots of fun.

Isabel really got bored with opening her presents which was kind of funny. But I had saved the best 2 presents for last. She wasn’t interested in either one of them. So, I unwrapped them for her. We got her a new baby doll, one just like Kate’s. For she loves Kate’s baby and is always taking it. Since giving her new baby, she hasn’t put it down.

She even sleeps with her.

The present that I was most excited about was a handmade one. Made special for her by Mommy. Some call these quiet books, some call them busy books. I call it a quiet book, because that is what my mom called the one she made for me when I was small. Which I still have by the way. The one my mom made is a lot more detailed and has a lot more pages. But I am really thrilled with how mine turned out.

Rather than show you each page individually, I made a little collage for you. The top left picture is the cover. The rest are the pages in order. A buckle, snaps, tying shoes, buttons, overall buckles, velcro, and a zipper.

Isn’t it adorable? I really like it.

But it isn’t nearly as a adorable as my little Isabel. The whole day Sunday, she sang, “happy birthday, Idabelll….!”

I leave you with some more pictures of the birthday girl.

 

The only thing missing from an otherwise perfect day was a hug from daddy.

Happy birthday, Isabel.