LEGO Movie : Princess Unikitty Cake

For those of you that took  your kids (or yourself) to the LEGO Movie, BEHOLD, the “Everything is Awesome” Princess Unikitty Birthday cake.

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So here’s the story, my girls have played with LEGOs on and off over the years, but once the “LEGO Movie” came out, it has ramped our LEGO-shipping up a notch. Especially for my youngest daughter who will NOT STOP talking about Unikitty and Cloud Cuckoo Land. That part of the movie really stuck with her as well as the “Everything is Awesome” song… Well it stuck with me too.

So over the course of the last month or so, I’ve been adding to our collection of LEGO merchandise. We have the playsets, we have the video game, we have the pajamas, we’ve seen the movie, 3 times, and now (…because of the constant begging and since I love a challenge) we now have a Unikitty Birthday cake.

(Haven’t seen the LEGO Movie yet? It’s fantastic. Stop reading this and watch the trailer!)

Let it be known, I’m NOT a professional cake decorator. I actually don’t remember the last cake I tried to decorate. In fact, I’m not even a huge fan of cake. BUT I AM a champion Playdoh sculptor, so if I just tell my brain that fondant is Playdoh, it all works out.

Clara with her Unikitty Cake. Happy Birthday my sweet little girl!

Clara with her Unikitty Cake. Happy 4th Birthday my sweet little girl!

I did alot of searching online for Unikitty cakes to get some ideas and was highly disappointed. There really isn’t very many out there, maybe Unikitty isn’t as popular as Emmet or Wildstyle, but WE think so. Do not fear Unikitty worshipers, I have posted the “progress shots” to my blog so you can see me struggle, rejoice and beat my head trying to figure out how to make this thing.  Enjoy!

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Yes, she is AWESOME!

First things first, I've never made fondant, so I found a recipe online and got to work.

First things first, I’ve never made fondant, so I found a recipe online and got to work. I used a dough hook and my Kitchenaid Mixer. I LOVE MY KITCHENAID MIXER.

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Then I scaled up a photo of Unikitty and did a quick outline of how much cake I would need and what I would cut apart. We went to the store… uh two times since estimating isn’t my forte.

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We used the Funfetti cake, BECAUSE IT’S A BIRTHDAY DUH. I started with the legs and tail. At this point I’m already getting a little nervous.

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Here I am struggling with the fondant. It’s breaking, it’s pinching, it’s not even whatsoever. And look in the back how much cake I’m wasting! Honestly at this point I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn out.

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BUT I WILL NOT GIVE UP! Now I’m using food coloring and dying the fondant the different colors to get the LEGO legs, neck and outline of the tail. Yes, I’m messy, I’m just a mom. THERE ARE NO INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS! THIS IS WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR FOUR YEAR OLD!

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Now I had to bake two more cakes to start the head. I’m all about proportion. I’ve seen enough cake shows that it’s much easier to cut if the cake is cold/frozen. Worked out perfect.

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Covered the head in fondant, now I know I have seams everywhere, but honestly, nobody really cares!  Unless of course you are a professional cake decorator.

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Now onto the details, some ears and face. At this point I’m actually having fun, it’s more like molding and rolling and using cookie cutters to get shapes.

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More fondant fun, I have permanently dyed my hands black by using black food coloring on the eyes. Made the horn and some stars to cover up flaws.

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Then I piped white icing around some of the seams just to smooth everything out and cover up the major flaws.  All in all I’m super happy with it. And my daughter thinks I’m “Totally Awesome.” Can’t get much better than that! We love you Clara! Happy Birthday!

The only downside to this is that my OTHER daughter wants a WildStyle cake for her birthday. I have until July to try to figure that one out!

Thanks for reading! ~April

Spongebob’s Rainbow Jellyfish

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Spongebob’s Rainbow Jellyfish

My daughter Clara is quite upset with me. I paint all day, but my paintings aren’t for her.

Her argument is valid.

So I asked her what I should paint for her. She said “Spongebob’s Rainbow Jellyfish”. Now I’ve watched alot of episodes, but I sure don’t remember that one, so I’m thinking she is combining MLP Rainbow Dash  and Spongebob’s Jellyfish together, since she seems to be all about rainbows lately. In this case, I felt the need to redeem myself. (Remind me to limit her TV viewing)

So here is Clara’s “Spongebob’s Rainbow Jellyfish” oil on canvas. It took me about 20-30 minutes. I had thought I had it finished, then she reminded me that I was missing the pink spots. So I put in some pink spots. High impasto. It’s a fun style that I can do quickly because I’m just slapping the paint on and if the color is wrong, I just keep building it up until it’s right. Making for deeper shadows and a more “frosting” like quality.

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Detail of the high impasto.

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Squiggles!

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It turned out great. I’m pretty happy with it.

For those of you living under a rock (like Patrick Star), that don’t know of Spongebob, here he is doing his favorite hobby, Jellyfishing!

Spongebob's Jellyfish

Spongebob’s Jellyfish

Vampire Gastelbrau Animated Short

I am digging the student projects at CalArts, ESPECIALLY THIS ONE! Hannah, you knocked it out of the park! The music and animation work perfectly together. Absolutely wonderful.

“Vampire Gastelbrau helps Gerta and Gabi with their chores in order to earn back his vampire fang!”

Vampire Gastelbrau from Hannah Ayoubi on Vimeo.

What I’m Loving on Etsy

Captain America, Thor and Batman Plushies!??! Can’t believe I’m saying this, but…. A-DOR-ABLE!

Go and buy this and then go see THOR!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70683698/thor-plushie

Okay, I couldn’t stop there. There are so many cute Amigurumi dolls out there including Yoda here:

Little Yoda on Etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/65518907/little-yoda-amigurumi

And of course LINK!

Check out Link Here on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/64861655/link-the-zelda-warrior-amigurumi