This cake was a welcome diversion. I'll admit, fondant is not my favorite thing to work with after two tries. I guess I had trouble in wanting the cake to look as perfect as those on the Food Network. I've long ago given up the need for perfection, but I couldn't kick it with the fondant cakes for some reason. I guess like anything else in this life--practice makes perfect (or nearly perfect).
Despite my hangups with perfection, it was a joy to make this cake for Miss D. She chose one of my favorite TV shows as her theme, CSI. She and her friends solved a murder mystery as their activity, thus the 'bloody' knife as a prop for the cake. Coincidently, the red food coloring for the fondant looks just like blood.
The very best part was the lovely Thank You note she sent me just 2 days after her party. It was well thought out and meant a lot to me. Thank you notes go a long way with old people like me. :)