Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Madeleine's Birthday Cake

*UPDATE October 4, 2011*
Madeleine's battle with cancer ended on September 27, 2011. Click here to watch local TV coverage.

For Madeleine's very special 9th birthday, I enlisted the help of some of my best cake friends - Diana, Christina, Ellen, and Kyla, and together we made her a cake to remember. Diana and Christina hand-made the figurines in West Texas and overnighted them to me. Kyla and Ellen came to my house and worked with me from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., nonstep except when we took a short break to eat a Papa Murphy's pizza at lunch time! Ellen wielded the airbrush, and Kyla worked her magic on that magnificent pineapple, the Krabby Patty, and Squidward's house. Me? Well, uh, I supervised. No, I'm kidding, I worked all day long too, making flowers, starfish, seaweed, bubbles, the Krusty Krab, and, well....supervising.

Madeleine and her family were so surprised, and she loved her cake! The first thing she said when she saw it was, "Where's Patrick?" He was up so high, she couldn't see him from her wheelchair! But she knew he had to be there somewhere. She is right on top of things!

For those of you who would like to read more about her progress, here is her Caring Bridge page.

I know you're probably wondering how many that served - the answer is about 15! Only the 8" round tier that says "Madeleine" is real cake. The pineapple on top is a rice krispy treat, and everything else is styrafoam dummies. Jennifer Bartos at the All In One Bake Shop very generously donated all the fondant and styrafoam for this project, and I am extremely grateful to her for that! This was truly a collaborative effort of Texas cakers!