This is the latest, of the birthday books, I have made for our children. It was given to Daughter No. 1 on her tenth birthday last Wednesday. She chose all the papers and adornments herself, so it's very special to her. The theme is a pretty sandcastle, so blues, greens and sand colours were chosen.
This was her 7th birthday cake. It sums her interests up well. Penguins and the Antarctic are her passion, and have been for as long as we can remember. The wiggly ribbon is a lovely velvet in the softest green colour.
I remember making this cake vividly. We had a new baby who wouldn't stop screaming, and we were up to midnight finishing the icing. The icing machine fell apart right at the beginning, but my clever husband rigged it up so it worked better than before. He actually did a lot of the piping too - and thoroughly enjoyed himself as well. The black lines, are from liquorice strips, cut down the ridges.
Now I will be able to get back to my sewing and crochet again. I've actually finished all the crocheted granny squares during my spare evenings, and now have to make lots of pretty flowers to fill them all. They are very time consuming little things, but quite fun to make.