Last week I shared with you the Valentine’s Hershey Kisses Mice that I made for a party that included a Cinderella Carriage Cake. Well today... I'm telling you more about Analiese and her cake!
Cinderella Birthday Cake
I've had the privilege of making a few cakes for Icing Smiles and although I didn't do this one through that amazing organization, this was still a cake I made for the simple opportunity to bless a sweet child facing a life-threatening illness.
As I mentioned last week, Analeise has leukemia. This sweet, beautiful little girl is fighting for her life and she really, really wanted a Cinderella party for her birthday.
Anaboo (her precious nickname) celebrated BIG for her 4th birthday, then only a few days later, she was back in the hospital for another round of chemo. And yet... she smiles. If that doesn't encourage you to be grateful no matter how bad of a day you're having... then nothing will!
Please keep Analiese in your prayers - that we'll all be blessed with that beautiful smile for many years to come!
Before the request, I didn't know Analiese or her family, but when I got the request from here Mama Angela, to make her Cinderella Carriage Cake - I knew I had to make the very best Cinderella cake I could dream up! And then I got to meet this sweet baby and her Mama and I fell in love with their sweet, yet strong spirits!
So let me tell you about it...
Cinderella Carriage Cake Topper
For Cinderella's Carriage, I started with a 6" round styrofoam ball. I covered it with 2 layers of homemade marshmallow fondant to get it really smooth. Then I rolled out ropes of fondant and made the gold adornments with different silicone molds. After they were attached to the cake with sugar glue, I painted them gold (gold highlighter mixed with lemon extract).
For the wheels, I cut those out of gum paste the day before and let them dry really hard, then I attached popsicle sticks to the back with melted chocolate and used the sticks to stand them up next to the carriage.
Since Analiese really liked pink and purple, I made that those the main colors of the cake - then tied in the blue of Cinderella. The top tier of the cake was pink and I dotted it with white sugar pearls.
Then the bottom tier was purple. I added tiny pink flowers with pearls and an ornate gold border to the bottom to tie in the gold from the carriage. And then...
Cinderella Cake Topper
...there was Cinderella. When I told my daughter Sarah about the cake and how we were making it for a very special little girl who was sick, she really wanted to help. I pay my kids for all the work they do when helping me with cakes, so I explained to her that this would not be a paid cake, and if she helped, she wouldn't be paid this time. She still really, really wanted to help! (I'm so proud of my kids!)
In fact, she asked if I was making a Cinderella doll for the cake. I told her probably not - I hadn't planned it as part of my design and didn't think I'd have time - so she asked if she could make one. She thought Analiese would really like it since she liked Cinderella so much.
Honestly, Sarah is 12 and I didn't want to disappoint her if she made a doll and then I didn't use it (which has happened from time to time), but even after telling her I may not use it, she still wanted to do it!
So I let her. She remembered seeing those little mini doll picks in one of my drawers and asked if she could use one and give it to Analiese. Then she made the skirt out of rice cereal treats and decorated it herself with fondant. I did not help her hat all and I was SO proud of her work! She even cut off the doll's hair and made fondant hair and then painted her eyes blue 🙂
It turned out SO great - I knew we had to include it with the cake!
Cinderella Birthday Party Favors
And that was it!! We also made some party favors for her... the Hershey Kisses Mice and some bags of little pumpkins! OH and check out the amazing set-up they had at the party...
Isn't that fantastic?!
So that's it... a really fun cake for a precious little girl!
If you'd like to help the family, you can reach out to Anaboo's Mama, Angela Cook here, or you can donate on the GoFundMe Account or if you have a Trustmark Bank in your area, you can donate directly to a special account for Analiese Madison Cook.
If you have any questions about this Cinderella Carriage Cake, please leave me a comment!