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Did I ever mention that we love the Phillies? We usually get to attend a few games at Citizen’s Bank Park each season. I wish it weren’t so expensive or we’d be there more often. This team is the best group of players I have ever followed. A lot of my friends are fans as well. In our neck of the woods, it comes down to two teams – Phillies or Yankees.
I was asked to make a Yankees cake for a birthday this coming June. My kids were not thrilled that I accepted the job. They are so funny. Once they got over the fact that I was going to enter Yankee territory, they forbid me to post the cake on this blog! Gotta love ’em. I wonder how Yankee fans will feel about seeing a Phillies cake this week… You have to admit, no matter what team you love, it’s a lot of fun.
Back to the Phillies…my friend Barb asked me to make a cake for her husband’s retirement party. She requested “something Phillies”. This was the perfect appeasement for my kids, as now a Phillies cake would make the blog before the Yankees one. Her husband’s favorite player is Chase Utley. I decided to use the vintage powder blue jersey for inspiration – I can still see Mike Schmidt in that uniform like it was yesterday. I am hoping the cake will kindle some similarly fond memories for my friends as well.
I had been wanting to make a baseball cap for some time. I had a book (Confetti Cakes Cookbook by Elisa Strauss) with instructions, and thankfully, they were written so that even first-timers could achieve some level of success. I think the hardest part of making this particular cake was getting the colors right. I never kneaded so much fondant as I did with this project. The red was especially difficult. Thank goodness for that little can of food spray paint! The funny thing is, the paint gathered in one area on the hat brim. My husband saw it and said it looked like an authentic sweat stain – EEWWW! I was hoping no one at the party would notice, but then our friend Jim made the same comment. I was a little embarrassed to say the least.
It was such a nice party. We had the chance to eat some delicious food, and catch up with friends we haven’t seen in ages. It’s always nice to be at Barb & Den’s. Hard to believe that we are reaching that age when retirement parties begin to replace baby showers. Our best wishes go out to Dennis for a long, happy & healthy retirement. Congratulations!
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