January 24, 2011

Topsy Turvy

Back in October I made a cake for a really good family friend's 5oth "surprise" birthday party. It was pretty last minute and her husband just said to make something she would like. Free reign? Really? Now I'm the type of person who HAS to have directions and specific details in any other area. I cannot receive an assignment, in any area of life, with very few instructions and just "go for it." I need details, details, details!! In cake-ing though, it's a whole different story. At the party I set up the cake (you can see a picture here) and everyone loved it!

Fast forward to January where I get an email and phone call from another family friend (also at the party) asking if I would make her mother's 50th birthday cake. We discussed details and she explained that she wanted a topsy turvy (all tiers are lopsided and leaning), 30-serving, black/white/pink cake with a fondant loopy bow on top. No problem! Having never made a topsy turvy cake, or loopy bow, in my life I had some work ahead of me. I started my research in my favorite place, the Wilton discussion forums. (Seriously, if you are interested in cake decorating at all, you HAVE to visit this site. It is unbelievably helpful and the people are so nice!)

When all was said and done, it turned out better than I expected and I got many, many compliments on it. It looked great, tasted wonderful, and the birthday girl was very surprised! It was incredibly informative, and a great learning experience. Yes, there were some bumps along the way, but I kept on going and "made it work!"

(PS: I wanted to do a step-by-step, but had a camera that decided to give up on me. When I figure out how to get pictures off my phone I will post them.)


  1. I love it! One of the cake ideas I've toyed with for some special day in life that may never happen, is a topsy turvy cake.

    You can email picture from your phone to yourself. And you can do it just by putting the picture in a text message, and entering an email instead of a phone number.

  2. Thanks Cat! I'm electronics-stupid.