conquering my fear of piping...

My smile was ear to ear....

Now I know it really pales in comparison to Sasha's...but I DID it!  I conquered the fear of piping!  I have never piped in my life and I was filled with fear and trepidition

begging someone to help me but since

there was no one I threw caution to the wind and squeezed the bag.

And away I went.  I admittedly got carried away and made it a little top heavy and on the sides I went up and down but who cares right?

oh...and the best part was the cake mix.

I used this cake recipe and it was out of this world good.  I got the French Vanilla like she suggested.

You need two boxes for a three layer cake.  I used Wilton 8" cake pans.

How do I know this you askf?  At first I baked up one box and one layer was itty bitty.   I baked up a second box and used just one of the two layers

equaling three.

Grace LOVES aqua so Sasha's icing color was perfection! and she is correct when she says you need a tiny tiny amount to color.

I also used Sasha's frosting recipe.  OH my goodness..WONderful:)

I purchased the piping bag and coupler she suggested as well.  AND the edible stars:)

our little star HAD to have the stars;)

I had to wing the 13 though as I only had little time since we were packing and leaving for the lake.  I used glitter glue and freehanded the

numbers and used icing to hold them onto the straws!!  It was all we had...I forgot tape or glue...lol!

 I am officially crowned baker and cake decorator of any family function from hence forth..{ I nominated myself....shhhhhh}

the piece de resistance is my sisters wedding in November...bet ya can't wait for THAT post...hee hee!  That oughta be something to behold for years to come!

now for a pinapple cake for this Sunday.  It is my stepdads birthday and he LOVES pineapple.  Any suggestions?

The Lake and Cake and a 13th birthday with family was the best birthday so far miss Grace shared.

Cake Boss I am not but you know what?  I had a blast doing this.  AND I found something else I enjoy doing.

Walk through that wall of fear girls...you never know when you will fall in love with something new.

Even though I had a fear of measuring up to Sasha's and often we just won't try because we feel we are

not as good as someone else { and that may be true in this case; } but we don't know until we try and practice

makes us better!!

Now go ahead and tell me how awesome I am....lol!  You know I'm kidding right?  My weird sense of humor..I might have

had to much of Keurig's Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate K cups this morning....oh well.

Now go out and have a splendid Tuesday OK?

Seriously Sasha - I am so grateful you shared this with us.  It made it easy to replicate and it was so pretty and Grace loved it.

You rock!!:)...xo

big hugs

xotiff