My sweet obsession
On Sunday, the southern clan met up with the northern clan for a small gathering of Measley’s. Since my father’s passing two and a half years ago, I really cherish the occasions when I can spend time with his brother and my cousins – especially when it is not for another funeral! It was so nice to see everyone and to introduce our newest arrivals to the family.
To mark this special day, I decided to (betcha can’t guess)…make a cake. I had some colored fondant left over from a few recent cakes, and plenty of flour and sugar. My goal was to make the cake without buying anything. Not an easy task for someone who is addicted to molds, cutters, and anything else found at www.sugarcraft.com!
I had the most of green and blue fondant, and some yellow. I also had a conglomerate of colors that could easily work into a nice brown. After some thought, I decided to do a “family tree” theme. I would even be able to incorporate my Cricut Cake to assist with the production. I liked the idea, as it went nicely with the whole “family” vibe that I had in my head.
Before I even started on the cake, I remembered I had about 18 sugar cookies already made and in the freezer. My cousin Bonnie never had a chance to taste them at my daughter’s shower – thanks to her son eating what she brought home. These were from a much fresher batch and just waiting to be decorated. I decided to coordinate them with the cake and give them to Bonnie as a thank you for hosting our gathering.
Everyone always asks me about the “hours” that I put into my cakes. To be honest, the time I spend decorating is usually very therapeutic. I don’t look at it as work. I’m sure that is because I am not working in a bakery meeting the demands of the public. This past Saturday was spent at a leisurely pace, baking, decorating, and doing laundry in between. I don’t get many days like that, so I am thankful when I do.
I based my design loosely on a baby quilt that my daughter had liked and shown to me. After getting the tree on the top of the cake, the little embellishments pulled it all together – the apples, flowers, and leaves. I tied a yellow fabric ribbon around the sides with a little bow in the front, but it still needed something else. I set it aside for a few hours and ran some errands.
I eventually decided to add a scroll around half of the cake on the side. Growing up with a name like Measley, I heard just about every joke you could make out of a name. A play on words can be fun, and that is why I decided to write on the scroll: “From a measley seed, grew our family tree.”
Despite the torrential downpour and a few missing Measleys, the day was perfect. We enjoyed an afternoon together that will carry us until we can do it again.
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