That's right, frou frou....Ariel in frou frou. Mum wanted her daughter's favourite Disney "princess" Ariel in a dress not tails. Then, my daughter showed me a few Ariel-in-a-pink-ball-gown pictures from her old Princess magazines. Well, I would have done the usual cake bottom using the Dolly Varden pan but mum wanted it to be like the Princess Ballerina cake I did last year with the buttercream tutu ruffles. Riiiggghhhhhhtttt....okay! So, I piped. Started with a white petticoat, then a light pink and the actual terracota pink for the top ruffles. She looks like a Princess Ariel here but not THE Ariel. Didn't help that my face sculpting stinks. Anyway, Little Miss gave me a thumbs up so I suppose if it's pretty enough for a fussy 9-year old, it'll be pretty enough for a 2-year old! Choice of cake was Red Velvet and the 8" finished weighing 2.3kg. I also did a simply fudgy Brownie for Iman's 4-year old brother with cut-outs of his favourite Samurai Power Rangers (mask only) and their weapons. I'm not putting up the picture because all 3 shots of it were blurry. Must be my vision and hands failing me at that late hour of that long day.
Don't even dare ask me how I know that tune on the title of this post. It's been at least 6 years since Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was last heard in this house 3 times a day...believe me, I'm glad my children are no longer that age. The tune still haunts me! Along with Little Einstein, Dora the Explorer, Jojo Circus and that little French girl...what's her name? So, here I am again scratching my head with a train-theme to work on. Mum initially mentioned Barney and I'm like..."eerrr, I don't do Barney." Then she quickly said, "How about a train?". Now, that I can do. I could have easily repeated the Thomas train cake I did previously but as usual, as the MOTH mumbles, I complicate things. Since Shane's turning 2, I wanted a train he could relate to at his age. Thomas and Friends would be more age-appropriate for 4 year olds. I Googled (where else) for trains and saw this! I never knew Mickey had a train. Duhhh...why shouldn't he? And so I built the Mickey Mouse train and a carriage behind it for this 2.6kg Devil's Food Chocolate Cake. Yes, only the train and the "ears" and no, I don't do Mickey himself, either. ;-)
These mini cupcakes were baked and decorated pre-Father's Day weekend. Mum just had her second baby and like everyone of us (old and new mums), have post-pregnancy amnesia. Less intense would be to say we're a lot more forgetful and we blame it all to being pregnant...something about the baby sapping everything we have while swimming in our belly for that 9 months? Please let us continue using that excuse, we earned it. Anyway, the baby girl turned one month old two days prior and mum decides to send a box of mini cupcakes (Lemon Poppyseed) to her colleagues and have another set for family (Lemon Poppyseed and Mocha). I assumed having to mention daddy in these cupcakes was an early Father's Day surprise? I hope so because daddy came to pick up the cakes and he was gushing with pride talking about his girls (mum included). He so deserves a special mention!