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Saturday
Jan232010

In a Pineapple Under the Sea...

 

My cousin Michaela's oldest son Ashton turned four years old this week (they grow up so fast!) and I have had the pleasure of making all but his first birthday cake.  Typically, I'm given a simple instruction as to the theme of the party and then allowed free reign on the design.  This year was no exception.  I got "Spongebob Squarepants, January 23rd."  So, using a couple of cartoon images as inspiration, this is what I came up with:

All of the characters (except for Plankton, as Ashton cheerfully informed me) were present for the celebration... 

The "pineapple" barrel cake is made of four, two-layer 6" round tiers of Pineapple Pound Cake with a Pineapple Glaze filling and Vanilla Buttercream (Mmmm!  I'm working on a Pina Colada version!).  The "Ocean Floor" is a two-layer 12" round Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and is covered in Vanilla Fondant.  The decorative accents were hand-modeled from Fondant and Gum Paste, and painted with Silver Pearl Dust where applicable.  The window glass and Sandy's helmet are made of Poured Sugar.  All said and done, this cake stood between 18 & 20-inches tall.  

 

I have to share one more picture of the gang because they are just so darn cute!

Happy Birthday, Ashton!

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