By now, you’ve already been bombarded with 5 dozen sweet Elsa’s knocking on your door to say trick-or-treat, you’ve already handed out all of your candy, and you may have even put away all of your Halloween decor. I know, I know, it’s a little late to be posting about a pumpkin but this Olaf inspired pumpkin was too cute not to show you. Isn’t it darling? A friend of mine made this Olaf pumpkin with her sweet daughter and gave me permission to share it. I just love it!
This is a story about a pumpkin cake. A cake that was born in the mind of a busy mama months ago. This week she finally sat down and made the cake. All went as planned until she decided to leave it overnight instead of taking pictures right away. Later she would find out that that was a bad idea because the cake would fall overnight.
She, well, I tried to salvage the best pictures I could the next day but it wasn’t quite as cute as the day of. Above is a crummy picture I took from my iPad that evening when I finished the cake. I sent it to a few blogging friends to get their feedback on it before I left it alone for the night. I had no idea it would be the best picture I would get of it. *sigh* The next morning I wanted to cry.
You see, the cake I made wasn’t any old cake, it was a cake with a mound of whipped cream icing on top of it. The directions say to serve right away or up to eight hours later. I knew better than to leave it for 12 hours. I knew better! I guess baking and decorating a cake with a three year old didn’t leave me in the best state of mind for logical thinking.
Despite the sad outcome of the cake I put enough effort into it that I wanted to show it to you anyway. Plus, it’s a great reminder that bloggers aren’t perfect! Sometimes it’s okay to reveal that, right?
My idea for the cake cake from the Miette cookbook, which I have to stop and say is absolutely adorable and full of useful tips for creating gorgeous cakes!
Here’s a picture of it after it slumped a bit. It’s the best picture I could get considering the circumstances.
Here’s the whole process of the cake in case you’d like to make one yourself. Don’t forget to serve right away or within 8 hours!
You can see here how the icing slumped along the sides. All in all, it was still a really delicious cake that made my daughter and I made together. I guess that’s not too bad.
Are there any baking projects that you would like to complete this fall?
This beautiful and inexpensive wreath was made using leftover tulle from a local girl scout parade float. It’s never too early to teach kids about recycling and repurposing. Look what beautiful decor was made from what would have otherwise been trash. My daughter knows that any left over plastic container will be reused in our house. They’re mainly used to store loose craft odds and ends but that’s another story.
Take a styrofoam wreath and wrap the tulle around, securing it with straight pins. Add a little brown and green tulle for leaves and a stem. Tie a burlap ribbon, add a little raffia, and voila! You’re finished before you know it.
I hope you enjoy this pumpkin wreath craft as much as I did!
Here are 8 Elegant No-Cut Pumpkin decorations that I’m excited to share! Pumpkins are one of the things I love most about fall. Here are the tutorials in order from the top right, clockwise, to the big picture in the middle.
- – 1. This monogram pumpkin tutorial is from RadioButlers. I love that this design doesn’t involve an expensive Cricut or Silhouette machine to make.
- – 2. Martha Stewart is someone we can always turn to for a holiday craft and she doesn’t disappoint with her pumpkin vase with flowers tutorial. Absolutely lovely!
- – 3. This decoupaged pumpkin from svgcuts is so sweet and looks very simple to create.
- – 4. The glitter candle holder from Twig & Thistle is just darling. It does involve a little cutting but it’s very little and on a styrofoam pumpkin.
- – 5. Confessions of a Plate Addict has a different take on decoupaged pumpkins and I love it!
- – 6. Shanty 2 Chic shows us how to create a lovely pumpkin centerpiece using white pumpkins and pine cones.
- – 7. Life on Lakeshore Drive demonstrates how to create an elegant pumpkin using leftover scrapbook supplies. Genius!
- – 8. Last but not least, Eddie Ross shows us how to make an attractive mantle display using pumpkins, paint, and rick rack.
I hope you feel invigorated and ready to start decorating pumpkins. I know I sure do!!