Erin’s 11-1/2 Birthday!

My daughter is 11 1/2 years old! She is learning to decorate cakes right along with me – and we’re having a great time together. Make time with your children and let them help you. It is these times they will remember always!

She wanted half a cake for her half-birthday, so half a cake it is! I used a 10 x 2″ Wilton Decorator Preferred round cake pan and cut the single layer in half after cooling. I find these pans give me the best and most even rising of any pan I’ve tried. I then stacked and frosted it using buttercream icing (Wilton recipe is best for frosting and piping.)

It is best to thin the icing with glycerin or light corn syrup for the initial frosting because you will have some crumbs on the cut side. Leave at original consistency for piping – especially the shells.  halfbirthday-1The edges were piped with a random pattern – something I used to doodle on my college notes when I got bored:)  The top of the cake featured a “half” of a balloon -at my daughter’s request.

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Erin was inspired to add her own touches to the cake board. By the time she was finished, it was quite intricate.

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I use precut Wilton cake boards for all my cakes. I’ve tried in the past to cut my own, but it’s time consuming, the results are less than professional, and the boards don’t hold up as well. I always have a supply of different sized and shaped boards on hand, and it’s so easy to grab the right one, wrap it and go.

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