I have a new plan for Christmas. A plan of cuteness. I'm challenging myself to make/buy a super-cute "being" each year. Last year I got these.
And this year I have a new fella.
Please, someone come up with a good name for him. I'm terrible at that kind of thing.
He's handmade from a pattern by Aimee Ray in her etsy shop (I don't see it right now, but I'm sure it will be back). I had plans to make a bunch of mini ones (he's 8" tall) as ornaments, but it's clear that's not going to happen this year.
In other randomness, there were requests for pictures of me dressed up with the bag from last post. I wish I could say we got some good shots, but we snapped a few on the way out the door in only 2 minutes, and this is the best.
Finally I made an over-the-top cake I wanted to share. (seen both partially frosted and complete)
Now it wasn't the richest cake in existance, but I'm calling it "over-the-top" because of all the steps involved. Not my usual cake-from-a-box with frosting-from-a-can. Now I usually only do that, because that's what I LIKE and I love to bake so I was up to this challenge.
It was based on some specific requests from my 4-year-old niece.
Here's the breakdown with the recipe links:
2-layer yellow cake - Duncan Hines from a box
Chocolate mousse filling - SO good you could eat it by itself
Martha's chocolate ganache covering the whole thing - I think this may have helped with the stability since the filling was mousse. (This isn't the exact recipe, there was no corn syrup)
Whipped buttercream frosting - I loved this and I don't really like whipped cream type frostings. I prefer the sweeter buttercreams. This was like 1/2 way in between.
Overall, it can be summed up in one word: YUM!