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25 August 2013 @ 02:21 pm
Cakeage  
Still hoping to get some more votes in the LJ Idol poll! My entry for this week is here, and could definitely use your support.

As promised, the hedgehog cake for my son's birthday! I'd originally planned to just do a giant hedgehog, with the suitably-colored candy-corn spines, but decided on a hedgehog-family tableau instead. Can you guess what unforseen issue arose with this?

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Had I chosen the one giant hedgehog, I think we would have just gone at the cake bottom-up when it was time to eat it. But this little family apparently was so cute that we have to save them for last. So, we're eating a big circuit around the edges instead, and hoping the cake doesn't dry up too much. Why did I not see that coming?

HalfshellHuband and I are up to the final episode of BBC Sherlock, S2, which means that we've detoured away for a bit since we know S3 is not out yet! We haven't gotten around to S8 of Dexter yet, but started in on S3 of the BBC's Luther instead. I like Idris Elba in this series so much. Unfortunately, we have to drag Boom Buddy into the living room and hook him up to the PC when we watch this show (and so many British productions). The opening of Luther S3 went like this: rain, barely-audible-dialogue, rain, working-class-mumble-dialogue, helicopter (are you f-ing kidding me?), at which point we stopped and went to fetch Boom Buddy. European mic-ing and audio-mixing are a crime, I tell you.

So, I went running and did some yardwork (augmented by visits from The Mouth, aka the Whale cat). Now it's time to try to fix my daughter's butterfly chair and hit the LEGOs again. Will that last project ever be done? :(

 
 
 
SeaGaljocosa on August 25th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Way too adorable! Nice job! I could never cut into them either, I'd feel awful.

Voted. :) Yesterday, actually.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 25th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
We'll eventually eat them, but my son is going to feel pretty guilty. And this was for his 14th birthday!

He's very sentimental, which is actually one of his best qualities. :)
(no subject) - roina_arwen on August 26th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Clair de Lune: divers - so cuteclair_de_lune on August 25th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Why did I not see that coming?

Ahah. I was about to yell at you, How can you cut into the cute little hedgehogs?!! ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on August 25th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think I was too focused on making the whole thing that I didn't think about how my son would feel when it was time to do the eating.

Boy, that was clueless! o_O
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 25th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
i don't think i'd be able to eat the hedges either, and i LOVE frosting. they're so cute! especially the one seen from the back. hedgie butt!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on August 25th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
The spikiness came out really well, I thought. I used a toothpick to drag the frosting into spiky directions, and that was a ton easier than "lay down candy corns, frost over top, add the next layer" would have been. :D
(no subject) - tsuki_no_bara on August 26th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on August 25th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, how cute! I love how the spikes came out! I would have been like your son in not wanting to eat them ;)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 25th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
Now that I'm past the "making" and into the eating stage, I completely see his point! But somehow, "This will be cute" did not translate into "This will be hard to eat" inside my head, the way it should have.

The spikes were surprisingly easy to do with a toothpick. Given how many times I've painted with the toothpick and had lumps or leakage, I was expecting it to be a little harder. :O
Pika the Brazen Ninjaporn_this_way on August 25th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Whaaaa, there are no gold rings! What are the hedgehogs supposed to eat??

J\K, looks awesome! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on August 25th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
o_O Is that a Sonic reference? Oddly enough, we've never played that, but then again... he doesn't look much like a real hedgehog, either. More like a dude with spiky hair!

I briefly thought about putting gummy worms on the cake for the hedgies to eat, but decided it would detract from the overall presentation. ;)
(no subject) - porn_this_way on August 26th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
angels3angels3 on August 26th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
It's adorable. Of course that would be the issue. Mine's always I want the candy parts, so now I always save the extra candy to plop on everyone's bite of cake so they're happy.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
Back when we had parties, I learned early on to save extra candy parts if I used any in the decorations.

Though the weirdest was my daughter's first, with an under-the-sea cake and a big orange fish. There's nothing like 3-year-olds saying, "I want the eye" to give you the creeps. :O
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michellecertainthings on August 26th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
That cake looks so good.

ps. your link still doesn't go where it's mean to go. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
Gads, you'd think I was drunk-posting or something! Well, that one was empty, as opposed to slightly borked at the end.

Fixed once again! And thanks for letting me know. :)
favoritebeanfavoritebean on August 26th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
That cake looks adorable. You have quite the artistic touch.

This poll is killer. *cries*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
The poll is killing me, and I expect it will continue to do so for most of us! :(

The cake is getting smaller and smaller, but all three hedgehogs are still there. :)
ecosopherecosopher on August 26th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
You make such great cakes! Really impressive. My children are lucky to get a round cake with plain icing :) You've inspired me to make a bit more effort!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 05:37 am (UTC)
Well, I do just have the two, and both are teenagers now. I've been baking special cakes for them forever, but four kids and one of them a baby? There are only so many hours in the day!
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on August 26th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
Hedgehogs! Awesome! AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
Those are his favorite toy animal. There's a whole post on that here, from waaaay back. Kind of a surprising cake choice for someone turning 14, but his sister picked the baby giraffe thing for 16, so I guess he thought it was fair game. :)
Maz (or foxxy!): Origami cranetuesdaeschild on August 26th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Another gorgeous cake!! But I can see why it would be awkward to eat and I know I'd do exactly the same thing myself!!

Sherlock!! It's awesome!! Sooo looking forward to Season 3!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
We're afraid to finish and be left dangling like the rest of the fans-- haven't they only just started filming S3?

BBC "seasons" can be so short. Luther only has 4 eps, and we wait almost a year between seasons for that too!
(no subject) - tuesdaeschild on August 26th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Portdesertport on August 27th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
Aww! Cute hedgehog cake is cute! ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2013 07:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's hard to go wrong with hedgies. :)
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on August 29th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
That cake is so adorable! :)

Alicia and I have watched All The Episodes of Sherlock, as of a week or two ago. I don't wanna wait for the next season, ugh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
"Next season" now seems like an eternity away, doesn't it? Ugh.

We finished watching Luther, S3 last night (*cries*), and we'll cave on Sherlock pretty soon, I'll bet.

So many good BBC productions, but the series are so short. :(