Even though I decorate most birthday cakes, Jeff is usually in charge of making their actual insides. He is, by far, the best baker in the family (probably because he actually follows recipes, while I tend to treat them more like rough guidelines).
But this year we decided to collaborate on Joey's cake because we couldn't find an exact recipe for the strawberry cake that she requested. It was vanilla (from scratch, Jeff's layer) and strawberry (from a box, my layer) with a layer of pureed and strained strawberries in between. Then we frosted the entire thing with vanilla buttercream tinted pink.
Mmm, it was good.
As for the design, I decided to make a giant Cheshire Cat buttercream smile. Then I just used a little grocery store tube of black gel frosting to outline it.
I made the characters out of gumpaste the week before so they had time to dry. Well, I made about half of them the week before. I made the other half the night before and had to use the dehydrator so they'd be ready in time for the party.
Here are the dog and caterpillar...
the itty-bitty tea set...
the Mad Hatter's hat and a giant pocket watch...
and my personal favorite, the bread and butterfly.
I think that the little loaf of bread with its darker colored crust was my favorite thing about the entire party.
Alice In Wonderland Tea Party- (Part 1) The Costumes
(Part 2) Painting the Roses Red
(Part 4) Because We Find Ourselves Amusing