28 March 2010

"abraham lincoln" - history lesson

for his party invitation, my friend included a laundry list of promises. now, derek is a man of his word, so i tried to complete as much of the checklist as possible. i wore plaid, i brought a cake, and abraham lincoln was in attendance (sort of). according to derek, it might be too soon for abe jokes. i trust him, he's a history fiend; he told his first jesus joke last month. but i figured sassy badger could get away with it.

i don't know if you know, but abraham lincoln lived in a time when there were no colored photographs. so, i did a bit of researching. in a self-description, lincoln described himself as 6'3", dark brown hair, and grey eyes. it made things easy for me. grey for the suit and his eyes. and i just used chocolate icing for the beard/eyebrows/mole, which i also think reflects nicely on lincoln's inclinations towards slavery. too much?  anyway, i have a close-up of that mole if you're interested in a new desktop background.

TOTAL DECORATING TIME: 2.5 hours + a lifetime of disappointment for the lack of elian gonzalez and a "two-way petting zoo"promised at this party

the pride and joy of illinois, and all the usa,
sassy badger

P.S. - this is my second post about a president, and i have one from a barack obama cake (although he was senator at the time of it's baking). i'm thinking of completing all 44 presidents. so, if anyone's having a herbert hoover party, let me know. or maybe you're more of a millard fillmore fan?

"rooster" - what's in a name?

NERD ALERT: it's another greek cake!

another semester, another fabulous greek class. i still have my two amigos from last year and we FINALLY hung out outside of anything related to greek for joy's birthday. when joy asked that this cake be brought to class and not to her party, i happily obliged because:

1. NERD ALERT: it's a greek cake.

2. the writing in green is defined in our book as the animal "cock." yes, let's explain that one to a room of people i don't know very well at el arroyo. luckily, our teacher, larry kim, let's us translate it as "rooster" so that we can "maintain our sensibilities." thank you, larry.

(sidebar: larry is 39 years old. i seriously thought he was 25 all year. he says it's probably because he's asian. he also believes that his eyebrows, which sit rather high on his forehead, convince people he is constantly in a state of surprise, only adding to the child-like curiosity of his features. end sidebar.)

3. it's a greek cake. the brown writing is based off a homework sentence we had about socrates... come on.

however, the sentence was easy to manipulate because joy is a noun, a word that we actually have in english and greek. i feel like i sort of sort-changed bob dylan in this respect (no big deal). anyway, it reads "we would gladly stand on the earth that gave us Joy."

TOTAL DECORATING TIME: 2 hours + about 6 seconds to convince larry kim to let us skip class and see "clash of the titans" next week

release the kraken,
sassy badger

"spider-man" - i wish i made this cake for me

if you've gone through my movie collection, looked at the posters on my wall back home, or perused through my bookshelves, then you know, undoubtedly, i am in love with spider-man.

let's keep this PG: imagine a game of "kiss, date, or dump" between spider-man, batman, and superman... what would you do? when about 90% of everyone else chooses to shoot (i mean dump) him, i always choose to marry (i mean date) him. how do clark kent and bruce wayne even compare to the awkward, gangly, forever-teenager that is peter parker?????? let's be serious.

i did have a spider-man cake made for me once, but i don't have a picture of it. maybe the people who made it do (HINT). i'd gladly do a side-by-side comparison... but honestly, i loved that cake.

anyway, this cake had to be perfect. 1. it's spider-man. 2. i made it for a kid. a real person. not one of my slightly inebriated, albeit charming, friends. it took me a long while to settle on the design, but i must say it's probably my favorite cake so far. and, sadly, i have not been able to give it to mansour, so, gladly, i might get to eat it. maybe i did make this cake for me.

TOTAL DECORATING TIME: 3 hours + a 4th spider-man movie cancelled, just so they can make a different spider-man movie with a different actor playing spider-man...

your friendly neighborhood cake baker,
sassy badger