Are you sick of hearing about Skellig Michael on my blog yet? Yes? Well, too bad!
My mom made another of her amazing cakes for my birthday. It was a “traditional” Funfetti cake that she decorated to look like Skellig Michael, where the ending scene of The Force Awakens was filmed and which I visited last summer in a very memorable experience.
She used some small Bundt molds to make the mounds for Skellig Michael (on the right with the puffins and steps) and Little Skellig (on the left with the seals).
She knew I was going to blog about this, so she made sure to put only ecologically accurate animals on (though the proportions are still a bit off…)
As I mentioned the other day, my birthday is in late January, so I recently got older. My mom has made me a birthday cake every year for my whole life, everything from animals to Disney characters to flowers in my favorite colors. And it’s always Funfetti cake.
This year she really pulled out all the stops on this Jane Austen book cake:
3 books; 3 layers of cake
Basketweave tip used to make the pages
We don’t like using fondant, because while it looks pretty, it doesn’t come close to a good buttercream frosting in terms of taste. So the inside is box-mix Pillsbury Funfetti cake, the outside is homemade buttercream, and the book titles are fondant cutouts dusted with sparkly colored powder. I’m trying to convince my mom to do a guest blog post about how she created the whole thing.
She picked these three titles because they are some of the shorter ones in Austen’s published oeuvre, and therefore the easiest to fit on the cake! “Sense and Sensibility” is not very convenient for this kind of thing…
Of course then I had to tease her because Emma and Mansfield Park are my two least favorite Austen novels. I jokingly refused to eat the Mansfield Park layer–I guessed that Fanny Price would give me indigestion.