I don’t know which I like more — chocolate or sparkle!

I did a couple of fun things last week that I thought you might like to see.

I baked the always delicious fudge sheet cake for a dinner that was organized by Sue, who also just happened to be having a birthday that day.  Her husband called to say that he had planned on taking a birthday cake to the dinner  but since I was bringing a cake he wasn’t sure whether his cake would be too much.  I suggested a solution — I would write happy birthday on the cake I was taking.  He like that idea.

Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit my mother’s ability to write on cakes.  Have you ever tried it?  I find it really hard.  But since I last tried it years ago, because of my cake ball obsession a few years ago, I’ve become familiar with candy melts which are melted and then used for dipping and decorating cake balls.  So, I had a brilliant idea!  I’d see if I could make the lettering out of the candy coating on wax paper first and then put them on the cake!

It worked!  Sooooo much easier than trying to use icing to write the words directly on the cake.  As you can see, I make kind of a shaky “y” in Happy, so I just made another one.

It worked so well I also made some dots to fill in around the words.

And, as a last touch, I sprinkled a little sparkly pink edible confetti on the letters just to make them stand out more.

I was happy with how the cake turned out and so was Sue.

And speaking of sparkly, I am responsible for making favors for a spring banquet at church in a few weeks.  I’m going to make the pretzel candies and crock pot chocolate covered peanuts (you can find the recipes over to the right in my Recipes category if you’re interested)

to put in cute little paper cups I found but, I wanted something to add a little sparkle to the cups too.

So I used foam stickers to make these little tooth pick “flags” to put in each cup.

I hadn’t worked with sparkle glue for a long time, so there was definitely a messy learning curve, but once I got the hang of it, it was fun.

And I was happy with how they turned out.

Happy Spring!

7 Responses to I don’t know which I like more — chocolate or sparkle!

  1. Linda says:

    I’m definitely better at chocolate than I am at sparkle, but you do both well. The cake looks very festive, and the treats for the spring banquet at church sound wonderful to eat and equally festive to look at.

  2. Sandra says:

    Linda — As long as you can make the best fudge cake EVER (and I mean that!) don’t worry about sparkle — as they eat the cake, no one will even miss the sparkle. 🙂

  3. Page Fox says:

    Sandy, I looked for the crock pot chocolate covered peanuts in your recipe list & couldn’t find it. I love peanut butter cups & think this might satisfy this sweet tooth. Please, please send it to me. Thanks, Love, Page

  4. Sandra says:

    Page — I sent you a link on facebook. Let me know if you didn’t get it. If all else fails, I’ll make a copy and MAIL it to you!! Love, Sandy

  5. Hilary says:

    WordPress ate my comment and it wasn’t even decorated, yet

    So colourful and festive, Sandy. You did a great job. I like glitter. 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Hilary, you are a hoot. I have never known anyone who is as clever with word pictures as you. But I’m not going to dwell on how entertaining you are. I’m afraid you’ll start charging admission for all that cleverness. 🙂

    I just love bright colors and sparkly things, so those picks filled both those “needs”.

  7. Dave says:

    You are very clever Sandra. Well done – Dave

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