I baked one white (well, really I baked two) cake and one chocolate cake, put them side by side, and frosted them. I used the Wilton gel coloring - as it doesn't thin down your frosting. Well, to get the green really green, I used almost the entire container of coloring! And lots and lots of stirring. Okay - I know you are wondering about the 2 white cakes...let me tell you. FOLLOW the DIRECTIONS that come on the box! It says to let your cake cool for 10 minutes prior to removing from the pan. Yeah - they mean that, and it's written there for a reason! If you go to flip your cake over before it's time - you end up with lots of smaller cakes with jagged edges. In other words - an unfrostable cake that can not be put back together, a lot of cus words, and a frantic call to your mother in law to see if she has an extra cake mix on hand. Until I come up with something to do with those cake parts, they are in the freezer, just awaiting their purpose. The next two cakes I baked were allowed to cool the appropriate amount of time, and flipped out of the pan without a cus word to be said!
Okay - onto my cake creation...my fences are pretzel sticks stuck together with frosting and allowed to dry until they are REALLY stuck. Again - patience is the key. They will fall apart if handled before they are ready. I stamped my animals, cut them out and they stood up in the frosting perfectly. I'm sure they saw what happened to that first cake, and thought they needed to be on their best behavior! I think they stood up well, partially because I had frosted the cake and let it set out overnight to let the frosting dry.
And here's the birthday boy - slightly embarassed by everyone singing to him. (Sorry I forgot to take the red-eye out.)
He really liked the alligators which he sometimes referred to as dragons. He wanted to make them swim in the pond. And sometimes he just wanted to make them fly and then land in the cake - and that is why there are several bushes in the cake - to cover up where the "dragons" had landed. He loved his cake, and never again mentioned a Spiderman cake. Maybe the alligator ate Spiderman???
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