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Pajama Party

Contest Photo by: betsometer
Charlotte, NC
Category: Creative & Unique

Brief Description:

I made this cake for my daughter's eighth birthday party, and it was a huge hit with all the girls. I am by no means an experienced cake decorator, but I enjoyed creating the details like the bunny slippers and purple PJs. With its simple 9 x 13 cake base and graham cracker headboard, this cute cake can be completed in just a few hours.

Ingredients:

Favorite flavor of cake, baked in a 9 x 13" pan
Buttercream frosting
Two whole graham crackers
Almond bark (optional)
Homemade marshmallow fondant (8 ounces miniature marshmallows;
1 lb. powdered sugar (4 cups), plus extra for dusting; 2 Tbs water)
Food coloring
Flower-shaped sprinkles
Two regular sized marshmallows

Steps:

1. Frost the cooled cake.
2. To make the headboard, spread two graham crackers with melted almond bark, tinted with brown food coloring. Use enough so that it acts like glue to hold the crackers together. Place on waxed paper until almond bark is hardened.
3. Make marshmallow fondant (http://candy.about.com/od/fondantcandyrecipes/r/mm_fondant.htm) and tint the majority pink, a small amount purple, and leave a tiny bit white for the bunny slippers.
4. Roll out fondant and cut into a rectangle large enough to cover the cake.
5. Make the "quilting stitches" with the tines of an onion holder or similar instrument.
6. Lay the fondant over the cake to look like a quilt that has been turned down.
7. Decorate the quilt with the flower-shaped sprinkles.
8. Cut out pajamas and create bunny slippers with the remaining fondant.
9. Add the marshmallow pillows and attach the headboard with frosting.
10. A craft store teddy bear is the finishing touch!
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