The Cheshire Cat
He’s a perennial favorite with kids young and old. That quirky cat in Alice in Wonderland makes everyone smile. Penelope LOVES to read and she adores the Cheshire cat. Just this spring, our local middle school performed Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire cat stole the show. Dressed in an amazing costume with some pretty awesome hair, he captured the hearts of all in the audience. Penelope went to the play and her Mom thought that a cake combining the cat and books would be perfect for her daughter’s 5th birthday. I decided we’d focus on the cat and make a Cheshire cat cake.
Making birthday cakes for kids is always so much fun! This cake started as a plan to be a sprinkle cake (a cake covered fully in rainbow sprinkles) but it soon evolved to include a rainbow cake topper. Even before being adorned with any other accents it is one of my favorites! It is like eating an dish of ice cream from a place that does a fantastic job with their rainbow sprinkles.
Ursula’s mother asked me for some type of cake topper, perhaps a unicorn or a pony or something else pretty? I started to look around on Etsy and quickly found Unicorn Cake Topper for unicorns along with one rainbow. Ursula’s big sister really liked the idea of the rainbow so we ran with that one. I was excited to make this rainbow. Sure, we could have ordered it, but the cake was scheduled for delivery 5 days from the day we made our plan. Plus, Ursula’s Mom thought it would be nice if I put my own artistic spin on the topper. This is one of my favorite things: working with some inspiration but not completely duplicating someone’s work.
I made these ladybug cupcakes to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake for a baby shower. I love to make cupcake toppers like this because they add a fun flair to a cupcake for a party. Follow these steps to make your own ladybug cupcake toppers!
Roll out balls of red
Use a standard amount of red fondant so your ladybugs are all roughly the same size. If it is humid or you work quickly, you may leave them uncovered. Otherwise, cover them with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out while waiting for embellishment.
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