Between The Layers...

Each and Every cake that I create marks an important day or event in the life of a Family.

Behind every one of these custom confections is a story. A story of triumph,of sweetness, of love, of happiness, and of extraordinary happenings.

Here are just a few cakes that begged to have their stories told. For me their story is written in each layer. For you, I hope to be able to tell their tale with more than just frosting.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

African Safari

Cake: Three teir paisley shaped cake covered in brown marbled fondant.
top teir- pistachio flavored cake with cream cheese frosting
middle teir-fresh strawberry with strawberry cream cheese frosting
bottom teir- rice krispie treats

As children arrived they made monkey door hangers and safari picture frames (purchased from oriental trading)
Safari relay race- a relay with a safari twist

Rhino Tag- each player has a balloon attached to their back end and a push pin attached to their nose. Each player must try and pop everyone elses balloons with out having their own popped. The last one to have their balloon popped is the winner.

"There is a Legend in Africa that says that any child that can ride the white giraffe will have power over all the animals..." (The White Giraffe, by )
During the winter I read to my children a wonderful story called The White Giraffe. My kids loved it! They fell in love with Africa and the animals that live there. My Izzy really took to Jemmy, the white giraffe. Emma, my youngest fell in love with zebras. And Kira was facinated by the kudu and the lions that were in the story she also felt a kinship with the main character Martine and the trials that she went through in the story.
Well we finished up the story but there facination lived on. When it came time for birthday parties all three came up with the same idea for the party, The White Giraffe.
I struggled a little with this theme at first, but once I landed on the African Safari Theme rather than trying to recreate the book, things really just planned themselves.
So pull on your pith hat and hang your binoculars around your neck and let's head out on our own African Safari...

African Safari:

Deep in the wilds of Africa we find several brave young adventurers ready to start out on a trail to unknown regions.

As the whistle blows 8 of the most fierce and determined adventurerers takes off on the trail hoping to be the first to reach it's end. One at a time they reach a ladder recklessly constructed of rope and wood. The first tenativly steps to the first rung. He finds the rope swings and sways with each movement. He struggles to the top and finds a blue birds nest. Quickly a hand is reached over the rim. A bracelet is snatched from the nest and the brave young boy descends as fast as a raindrop falling from the tree leaves.

Then quick as lightning they reach the treacherous "Crocidle Lake." All of the adventureres must find a way to cross the lake. Finally one gathers enough courage to reach out and grab the yellow swing that is the only way to cross the trecherous waters. She boldly swings across, crocidiles jump up and try to make a snack of the young girl. She lands nimbly on the other side of the lake leaving a disappointed crowd of crocidles behind. Each adventurer braves the water only to land relieved and safe on its other side.
The boys and girls continue on to the next adventure. Looming up before them is an ancient structure whose only entrance is through a pit that lies in the depths beneath its foundation. As one little boy enters through the path he finds a sand pit that is seething with spiders and snakes. He stops and looks on the writhing mass and, smiles and says with wide eyes, "cool."

Next they all climb up a metal staircase that leads to a creaky old house where they all have to climb to the top in order to get back to the ground. As they fly through the air and land safely back on the ground they are ready for their next challenge.

Next up, swinging like the monkeys. Everyone runs quickly and climbs to the top of the monkey tree and grabs onto the vine and zips through the air with a grin and a giggle. Their swing comes to an abrubt halt where they are forced to drop quickly to the ground.
Then donning a pith hat and grabbing a gun each adventurer heads off on an African Safari to see who will bring back the best trophy.
One bagged a zebra, another a monkey, and a lion too. One even shot a long necked giraffe. The young adveturerers scooped up their prizes and headed back to the base camp for more fun and games. What a day!

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Gypsy Lala said...

Wow, you cakes so lovely, I will not bear to eat it.

maryt/theteach said...

Wow, Heidi, you cakes are amazing and so delicious looking! Thanks for commenting at Ruby Tuesday. I'd love to have you visit and participate. :)

Tricia said...

I see on your sidebar that you sell Mary Kay - I searched for Angelfire & it didn't come up w/ any results. Did Mary Kay stop selling Angelfire perfume?

Kacey R. said...

You are SERIOUSLY talented. I made my little ones' birthday cakes for their birthday last week and made my attempt at using fondant. It was a HOT MESS and I seriously hope you charge a WHOLE LOT for your cakes because you certainly deserve it. LOL I don't think people realize how much work it is and you really do have to have a certain knack for it which I OBVIOUSLY lack. ;D

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

All I can say is wow!

Tonya said...

WOW! That is awesome!!!
Visiting from SITS. Have a great day.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful cake, and the kids look like they are having great fun! Thanks for visiting me!

Jaina said...

This is so cool! What a great use of the paisley shape. I got the paisley set for my birthday but haven't had a chance to use it. I haven't learned the basics for structure and tiers yet, I'm eager to learn. I might do my cousin's wedding cake, or at least a small one for her and her fiance. She has so many allergies that it would be way easier (and cheaper) for me to make something she can actually eat.