Thursday, November 10, 2011

~The making of my Birthday Cake~

 My birthday was on a Sunday.  Elijah had been struggling with a cold/asthma and had been really SICK, so I stayed home from church with Mary and Elijah on my birthday.  (And with Noah, for he only owns tennis shoes right now...until we can find a store to buy him some dressier shoes.=)
On Sunday, Phillip took Kimberly and Sarah and went to find a church (with the word "holiness" in the title)... that Eric Kuhn had found on the internet and had sent us the address.
Bless their hearts, Phillip, Kimberly, and Sarah came back after finding that there was NO church at that address (it must have moved or something).  [Phillip had tried to call the phone number the night before and got no answer either!]
Then they tried to go to 3 other churches.  One was just closed with no hours, no explanation as to why it was closed.  The other 2 only have night services!  =(
So, they came back home after being gone for 2 or more hours looking for a church.
Thank you for your continued prayers that God will guide us.
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After they got home... we had a lovely birthday meal and family time together!  
For MONTHS or maybe even years I have wanted to make a cake using Fondant.  But, when I asked a store in Colombia (that makes those kinds of cakes) where I could buy fondant, I was told that I would have to make it!  I had looked on-line and had found a recipe, but for some reason in the midst of cleaning, organizing, sorting, packing, and helping to move our family of 7 to another country...I hadn't been able to try that fondant recipe yet. =)
Before my birthday, I had gone on-line and had looked at fall birthday cakes trying to decide what I wanted to make for my birthday.  I had seen one that was fondant and thought..."Oh, I'd LOVE to make a fondant cake for my birthday...but I don't even have a mixer so can't!"
On Saturday afternoon before my birthday, I went to a store to get some paper doilies (for I don't have a tray to put a cake was planning to use a round piece of styro-foam that came with a store brand pizza we bought, as my tray =)...and while in that store I FOUND FONDANT FOR SALE!
I nearly SQUEALED. WITH. JOY.  right there in that store! =) =) =)
So, I bought some and came home and had a BLAST making my fondant cake.  (I didn't have time to figure out where or what kind of food coloring to use with it, so just made a white cake this time.  "Color fondant" will be for our next cake project! =)  I thought it SO SPECIAL that Jesus had seen the desires of my heart and had given me fondant to make my birthday cake!  =)
~With the paper doilies under it, my cake sort of looks like it was a "Hat Cake" but it was just a round cake!
We cut out little fall leaves and little acorns and put them on top and around the side of my cake.  We used melted choc. to make my "H" for ~Heather~ and on the one acorn.  We had planned to use more melted chocolate on my cake for some more color, but the choc. was WAY too runny, and it was late on Saturday night and we were tired, so we didn't.~
~Fondant is soooo FUN to work with.  It's addicting!  =) Kimberly and I had a BLAST making my birthday cake.~
~ Before we left Colombia, I had told my family that it would be nice if I could have some WHITE PLATES to use when we got to Argentina, for white plates go with any color of table decorations and with any festive table (ie; Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, etc.)!
Wouldn't you know...Jesus "must have heard me" for there are WHITE PLATES in our apt! YEA! =)
Here's My Birthday table.~
~My Birthday cake in the center of the table.~
~I have no round cake pans...only have one PIE plate that is round.  So, to make 2 round layers for my cake...I baked one half of my cake in the pie plate, flipped that out, then baked another layer in the pie plate. So, it was late on Saturday evening by the time both layers were baked and cooled and we could start decorating it. =)  We spread a thin layer of caramel (dulce de leche)  in between the 2 layers, jam on top of my cake, and caramel all around the edges underneath the fondant.  And then I served each slice with fresh strawberries over it!  Yummy! 
So, as you can see...I had a very Happy Birthday!  Thanks for all the fun comments y'all have left me! =)~


Rob and Deanna said...

So pretty, Heather! Did you know that because of your black background your words don't show? I read through Google Reader, so didn't notice it before.

Rob and Deanna said...

O.k. Delete the whole black background comment, for whatever reason it was MY computer that showed it black. :-?

~Carla~ said...

lol Deanna, you're funny! My computer does that too sometimes, usually the background doesn't download right for some reason :)! Happy Birthay Heather! Your cake was lovely and looks like it was alot of fun to make!! Thanks for sharing these lil snipets of your life! ~Carla~

Daryl Hausman said...

Your b-day cake looks so professional, and I can see how it would be fun to decorate! I like anything crafty so I'll have to try it sometime! :)
Love you guys,

The Dickinsons said...

Deanna, you goofy girl, you gave me a heart attack over nothing. I thought, "I can't believe that people haven't been able to read my words on my blog. How sad!" And was fixin' to get busy FIXING the problem, until I read your 2nd comment. Hee! Hee! =)

Love ya,

Daryl Hausman said...

I LOVE your cake!!! It is SO pretty!
Happy Birthday again.

lila said...

Cute cake Heather! Happy you found fondant. We don't like the taste if it. It is beautiful and fun and easy to work with tho. I'm enjoying your birthday month too, because of all the fun posts! Happy Birthday! love you tons

mmsbryan said...

Never have worked with fondant but can see that it would be fun, and of course I liked the all white with the brown accent. So pretty even if you did have to bake it in a pie plate.

So sorry for the lack of churches you are finding but could that just be "why" your man felt God's calling? We are praying for the open door that God will provide. I love you all, Moma

PS How are getting by with having a birthday month, all I have been able to pull is a birthday WEEK! LOVE, Moma

Daryl Hausman said...

Sure wish we were closer, for I'm sure Bryan would have an extra pair of shoes that he's out-grown that would fit Noah. In fact I've taken over several things that I sure wish your boys had right now... oh well, some year! Your cake looked so pretty! I've heard that fondant is a blast to work with, but haven't had the chance to try it yet and I've been afraid that I wouldn't care for the taste, like Lila said! Maybe we'll have to give it a whirl here soon!
Love ya much, Laura

Bryanna Shirk said...

Love your cake!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!! I love fondant, also. It is soooooo easy to work with and is actually good to eat!!! I used it to make my mom's b-day cake.
Your cake looks REALLY good!!!
Happy (LATE!! LOL!!!) Birthday!!!

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