Our 1st Decorated Cake – 40th Anniversary

This really isn’t a HOW-TO post. More of a — not too shabby we did it post.

Last week my in law’s celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.ย  They were married young and still madly in love. ๐Ÿ™‚

We wanted to make them a wedding cake. Chad laughed. I had high ambitions. We may be crafty folks and enjoy to cook but icing a cake correctly or even decorating it we have NEVER done.

Chad baked the cake with 2 size pans.ย  Our 1st attempt to frosting it- crumbs all in the frosting. The cake looked quite sad. As we let it sit there and stare at it. I jumped online to YOUTUBE.com

What an amazing website right?ย  I learned actually that 1st layer of frosting is the crumb layer. If we allowed it to set, we could then frost it again.ย  I watched 3 movies on how best to ice this cake and how to try to smooth it out.

So I made up some more cream cheese frosting- and took another attempt.ย  Working from the top down. I have new appreciation to cake decorators. What a skill!!

I kept spreading and shaping and scraping for 30-45 minutes till I was satisfied. ๐Ÿ™‚

I remember my mom showing me how to pipe one type of cake border when I was a teenager. I have not attempted it since.

I mixed up some red cream cheese frosting and bagged it. (We chose red because 40th Anniversary is the year of the Ruby)ย  I quickly tried my hand at the border on a piece of napkin. Looked decent as I could do.ย  Took a deep breath andย  did the bottom layer. I was quite proud of myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Attempted to do the top layer. WOOHOOO. We were getting there.

I will admit the roses were purchased. They are Wilton Candy Roses ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Chad has a great eye for placement and stuck the roses on the cake ๐Ÿ™‚

Changed tips and piped on a big 40 on the top.

Honestly can’t believe how it came out for our 1st try as a team. Neither of us knowing what we are doing. ๐Ÿ™‚

The In-Laws loved it.ย  ALOT! We learned that night they never had a wedding cake before and so they were quite excited by this one.


(It’s always good to win over the parental units right?)

So — for the blogging world we share our 1st attempt at icing/decorating a cake. We learned alot and actually looking forward to trying again in the near future!

And I will admit- the cake was DELICIOUS and MOIST ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Responses to Our 1st Decorated Cake – 40th Anniversary
  1. Maria @ Love & Sugar Kisses
    October 22, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    Great job! And your piped border looks really nice! Now you got the bug…don’t you want to make more ๐Ÿ™‚ And what a nice surprise for your in-laws!!!

  2. Kaycee
    October 22, 2011 | 8:39 pm

    Ya’ll did a great job!!! Love the roses!!!

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