My mom volunteered to make my older sister, Leslie's baby shower cake. Decorating cakes is one of my mom's many creative talents. It seems as though anytime my mom makes and decorates a cake that she ends up spending several hours working on it. These hours usually range from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. I can be found with my hair "on top of the world" (a high pony tail) with her in the kitchen.
After hours spent in Babies "R" US in Mandeville, LA shopping for and testing strollers and car seats, we made the long trip home. That long trip included having to go over the never ending Causeway bridge (Guinness World Record for longest bridge over continuous water in the world at 23.83 miles). My mom and I brainstormed on how we could decorate the cake without spending hours doing it. Have you been there before?
"Mom what about making chocolate decorations instead of using fondant, which would take forever to do" -me. This was the best idea if I do say so myself.
To add to the cake decorations, I made animal cupcakes. For the lion cupcake, I used the #233 decorating tip to make their orange mane and a Wilton chocolate candy for their face.
For the monkeys, I topped chocolate frosting with a tan chocolate candy for the monkeys' faces then piped white frosting eyes. For their tail and ears, I filled a zip top bag with melted chocolate and snipped the corner. Then piped tails and ears onto wax paper. Using a toothpick, make a hole in the cupcakes and insert the tails.