Five years ago, girls liked flip-flops. They didn't just like to wear them on their feet, either. They were on jewelry, towels, t-shirts and bedding. They caused a media frenzy in 2005 when several of the young women from Northwestern University's Lacrosse team wore them to meet the president. I guess the war wasn't interesting enough at the time.
Above, you see my attempt at recreating the flip-flop in cake. Unlike many of the cakes on the Food Network challenges, everything about this cake was edible except for the straps. I made this cake with much love, for one of my best friend's daughter. She was turning 13.
The method used was making hundreds of frosting stars, ala' Wilton Cakes. It wasn't perfect and the design wasn't symmetrical. I don't think she cared. Thankfully, I didn't either. In my 20's, I would have freaked out. I was way too smart for that in my 30's. Age has its advantages.
This is my newest attempt at a more modern cake design. It is cake covered in something called fondant. It makes for a perfectly smooth, almost fake looking cake. You can be creative and have fun. It's fairly forgiving stuff to work with, unless you roll it out too thin. Imagine working with homemade playdough.
The only downside is, it tastes quite a bit like playdough. Actually, it tastes like crisco and rice mixed together, with a little powdered sugar thrown in for fun. If you ever eat a piece of cake that has this on it, plan on eating around it. Well, take one bite and decide for yourself. Lee said it was like eating cake and chewing gum at the same time. Eeww.
This cake is a prototype for another birthday cake. I wanted to see if I could even work with the stuff, before I committed to such an important cake. The birthday cake is for that same young lady. Only this time, she's 18! Time has flown. She's off to college next fall.
This year's theme is a bit different. She's hosting a murder mystery party---CSI style. Her cake will be red and black. I might add something fun, as a surprise.