The Frog
Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 6:24PM

I found this picture a couple of months ago when I was cleaning off my old laptop... this guy lives in my dad's backyard pond, or at least he did when this picture was taken.  I'm not sure he actually qualifies as a pet.  He doesn't come when you call him, he doesn't know any cool tricks, and he's loud.  Really loud.  Although, he does pretty much takes care of himself, which is kind of cool when you think about it.

Anyhoo, he's not the reason I'm posting today...

... he is.

Or rather my uncle is.  It was his birthday, and this was his cake and "The Frog" is his nickname... although I'm not exactly sure why... 

It was a light and airy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream covered in Satin Ice Vanilla Fondant with fondant accents and green sugar pearls.  This 6"-Round cake was served with 5 dozen cupcakes in Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Strawberries & Cream, and White Chocolate Raspberry.  

The cupcake wrappers were cut from scrap booking paper using a homemade template.  Wilton Cupcake Towers were used to display the cupcakes and I found a candle holder to serve as a cake pedestal.  It worked out smashingly, only I don't have a picture of the final display... forgot to bring along the camera.

I did have the awesome idea of using cake balls to make little frogs for each cupcake, only I didn't practice them first.  Me and my leaping, that lesson is obviously still un-learned.  Unfortunately, it took me a while to figure out that each piece wasn't going to dip completely in one try, so I had to figure out a two step process; and my chocolate was too warm to pipe legs, so they each got four "dots" instead.  They did tasted great (Green Velvet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream), but they looked more like green blobs in the end than frogs.  Super cute green blobs!  The eyes were made ahead from Royal Icing and black sugar pearls and the Green Velvet Cake was gorgeous after I crumbed it, the color was so intense!

Happy Birthday Uncle Jack!
Much Love, Amanda-Banana

P.S. For those of you looking for the stenciling tutorial I promised, it is still coming!  I did do it about a month ago, only something was different and it didn't come out at all.  I'm pretty sure my cake was too cold this time, the Royal Icing just "melted" off the sides.  With that said, I am going to re-do the tutorial and get it up for you all before the end of this month and include the photos of what didn't work.  

Until then, Happy Caking! 

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