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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cat in the Hat Birthday Cakes

We looked!
Then we saw him step in on the mat!
We looked!
And we saw him!
The Cat in the Hat!

Let the fun begin!... balancing on a ball, flying kites, two Things in a box, the fish in a tea pot, lots of good tricks and more. Dr. Suess's classic story (and one of my favorites!) is the theme for these cakes made for twins celebrating their first birthday.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 and their kites are made of sugar. The Cat's red and white striped hat is cake with a fondant brim. The fish's tea pot is made of rice krispie treats, as is the book. Everything is edible. Oh yeah, and there's a cake covered in teal buttercream under there too!
And our fish came down, too.
He fell into a pot!
He said, "Do I like this?
Oh no! I do not."


Maybe the fish just needed to eat more cake!
Then our mother came in
And she said to us two,
"Did you have any fun?
Tell me. What did you do?"

Thing 1 and Thing 2, the birthday twins, each got their own little pound cake to dig into... red buttercream, mmmm! I'm sure the fronts of their shirts told the whole story. Happy birthday!

31 comments:

  1. ADORABLE! Love your style, love your talent!

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  2. Thanks! This cake is still in my top five favorites that I have ever done. Good thing I wasn't the one to cut into it - ha ha!

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  3. great cake! What size pans did you use for the cakes?

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  4. The bottom cake was 10" round and the hat was 4" rounds. The little smash cakes were 4" too.

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  5. what type of sugar did you use on the kite (gum paste, pastiage...)? It looks amazing!!!

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  6. The kites were made of gum paste. I made them about two days in advance so they would hold their shape when I put them on the cake.

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  7. What flavor cake is it? On the hat, is it all fondant or just the brim? I am in awe of your talent! Amazing!

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  8. Thanks for all the nice comments!

    The cake and the hat were both pound cake with buttercream filling and icing. The hat was covered in fondant too. I usually don't use fondant to cover cakes, but I needed to be able to write on the hat with an edible marker so it would look like the illustrations in the book.

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  9. This cake is just fantastic. I had an order for a cat in the hat cake and after all the ideas I came up with for this person she came back to me with your cake (she found it on flicker). She wants it replicated mostly but without thing one and two on top. So, I hope you find as a complement that I am following most of your design and hopefully coming close to your beautiful work. a big thank you!

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  10. Gina B,
    Thanks for those kind words! I am flattered that you like my design enough to copy it. Send me a picture of your creation when you finish. I'd love to see it.

    Happy caking!

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  11. Hey Marj, it is all done and again I say thank you!! not sure how I can send you a picture but you can see it on face book at, The Sweetest Thing Cake by Gina. or if you give me an email address and I can send you a picture.

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  12. We also used your cake and had an amazing thing one and thing two first birthday party for our twin boys. Thanks for inspiring with your incredible work.

    http://kerisheerer.blogspot.com/2011/03/thing-1-thing-2-first-birthday.html

    Thanks, Keri

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  13. Gina, I am so glad your cake turned out well. I tried to see the picture on Facebook, but I couldn't find you on there. My email is mooj@nc.rr.com if you get a chance to send it to me. Thanks!

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  14. Keri,

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I am extremely flattered! Thanks for sending a link to the pictures from your twins' party. It looks like they had a blast!

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  15. HI there! This cake is beyond amazing! My 2 year old son saw it when I was searching for cake ideas for his birthday and said he wants this one! I am going to do a few dry runs on this to see if it is even do-able for me to create something similar. I was wondering where do you get the gum paste that you used on the kites?

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  16. I order my gum paste from an online supplier - Global Sugar Art. It's Satin Ice brand and I like it best of all that I have tried. Happy caking!

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  17. Marj,
    I finally got around to sending you an email, hope you like it. I linked you to my blog post about the cake at TheSweetestThingCakes.blogspot.com
    Sorry you could not find my facebook page, try this link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Collegeville-PA/The-Sweetest-Thing-Cakes-by-Gina/121507587903521?sk=wall
    Do you have a facebook page for The Icing On the Cake?

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  18. I love your cake design.

    How did you get the gum paste for Thing 1 & 2 red and the fondant teal?

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  19. I used a LOT of red food color to make the red gum paste. The teal icing on the cake is buttercream, not fondant, but again, I just used a lot of food color. I like the gel kind so it doesn't make the icing too watery. Thanks for asking!

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  20. This is an amazing cake!!! I do have one question...how did you make the hair for thing 1 and thing 2...it looks like fondant, or is it royal icing that you let harden? If the latter did you have any issues with it breaking off of the cake? thanks for sharing your beautiful work!!

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  21. tcb - I did use royal icing. It hardened really well and I was careful not to smush it as I was putting the Things on the cake. I had no problems with my Things "shedding" - hee hee! I know what you mean about the little bits breaking off - I have that problem when I use buttercream for grass on cupcakes sometimes, but the royal held up very well. Happy caking!

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  22. Saw this on Pinterest- LOVE it!!!


    Jennifer
    who loves all things Seuss!

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  23. Oh, wow! I'm on Pinterest! Thanks!

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  24. Love this cake!! I soooo want to try it for my twins first bday cake! I had a couple questions if you don't mind answering for me?! How many layers are the cake and the hat? Also how do you get the icing so smooth? I've always just done fondant because I can't get it smooth enough? Any help at all would be GREATLY appreciated!! If you want you can e-mail me, My e-mail is crysdd@aol.com

    Crys

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  25. Oh my goodness!!! That cake is absolutely fantabulous!!! I also live in the Raleigh area and am throwing my TWINS a Dr. Seuss 1st birthday. How much do you charge for your cakes and about how many people would you say that one would feed?

    Amanda Pruitt
    almgraphix13@gmail.com

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  26. Amanda, thanks for those kind words! I'll email you with more info!

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  27. great job! Just noticed your slogan is the same as my business name! ;) I thought I was sooo clever! lol "art you can eat!" guess we are both clever! ;)

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  28. Great minds really do think alike!

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  29. I am in complete and utter awe of your talent. I'm a self-taught decorator and nowhere near your league!!! :0) If you don't mind, I'd also love to hear your tips on how you get your buttercream so smooth. Seems I can't quite get that down. Thanks so much!!! lorimegsmith@gmail.com

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  30. Thanks, Lori! I am planning to do a buttercream tutorial this summer... stay tuned! Hopefully I'll get some good pictures that will show my technique to accompany my description.

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  31. hi im deborah and i love this cake and i am planning my son first birthday and the theme is the cat in the hat and i would like to know who made this cake and how much..feel free to contact me @ shontaey29@gmail.com..thanx

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Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog - I love hearing from readers! If you have an inquiry about placing an order, please email me at mpjenkins5 at gmail.com. Happy caking!

Marj