An Orange Bowling Cake. That's what I'm going to tell you about after I talk about my weekend. I had a long, long 3 days. Good, but exhausting. Thursday and Friday I worked for 30ish hours (minus 5 hours for sleep) on cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for my orders. You can see the Pink Lemonade Cake here and cookies here if you're curious (I haven't posted the other cake, cookies & cupcakes yet).
Then I rested very briefly after deliveries before starting on a fundraiser project Friday night. My brother and his wife and I made 6 gallons of homemade ice cream, 11 gallons of sweet tea, 3 dozen candy apples, dozens of cookies and a few cupcakes. Around 2am - we all crashed before getting up at 7am to go work the fundraiser all.day.long. on Saturday in the almost 100° weather. Yikes.
I am still feeling pretty run-down tonight - sweating for 8+ hours in that kind of heat will take it out of you... but I wanted to blog tonight so I decided to do a quick post for ya. This cake is the first one I came across when browsing through my pics:
I know I say this a lot, but I loved doing this cake! My client let me have complete design freedom - only asking that I make her son a bowling cake and please feature the color orange - Carson's favorite.
I've been challenging myself more and more lately to do a buttercream finish instead of fondant when I can and this cake was a perfect opportunity. I chose to cover this cake in orange vanilla buttercream. I used Americolor orange to color the frosting.
I worked pretty hard on getting the buttercream smooth and the corners sharp (I still struggle... I know it's not perfect). After that the decorations were pretty easy.
Here's the short version of details:
Orange Bowling Cake
- I used cookie cutters to make the bowling pins and ball from fondant - adding the red stripes on the pins using fondant in my extruder (one of my favorite tools).
- I used my ribbon cutter to do the black border and you can't tell in this pic, but I added a pattern to the ribbon with frill cutters. I have a tutorial for fondant ribbon borders here.
- The "9" was cut using a number cutter from this set at Brown Cookie.
- The board was covered with orange glitter paper and wrapped in black ribbon - check out this tutorial to see how I cover most of my boards!
- The bowling pins were homemade marshmallow fondant with tylose added. I used Satin Ice red fondant for the stripes and Satin Ice black fondant for the ribbon borders.
- It was 5" and 7" round cakes baked in Magic Line pans (my favorite). I don't remember the flavor of the cake and oddly I don't have it in my notes (I keep very detailed notes on 99% of my cakes).
And that's it... an Orange Bowling Cake.
Looking for bowling party ideas? Check out these sweets I did for two of my kiddos (all the party details here):