Saturday, April 19, 2008

Gumdrops and Pinwheels

In May's Southern Living, there is a piece about making cake decorations from gumdrops. This was something I thought my grandma had invented, (along with sculpting little animals out of Brach's Royal caramels), and I was anxious to give it a try. This cake was for Macey, a 5th grader at St. A who will be baptized tomorrow at First Baptist.
I couldn't find any pink gumdrops, but the article suggested kneading colors together, so the pink roses are 5 white: 1red. The gumdrops get very sticky, and I had to use a lot of sugar to roll them out thin enough to cut -- but it gave the flowers a nice sparkle.
Even though I am a Midwestern girl, I much prefer Southern Living over Midwest Living; ML is downright stoic compared to the frou-frou homes, gardens, recipes and articles in SL. And you hardly ever see a recipe in SL in which the main ingredient is beer.

Here is the Pinwheel Baby Blanket, still on the needles, and looking a little bit like a squid: All finished, with a crocheted edge. Edging up close:
Pinwheel up close:
This is for Emanuel, newborn son of our friends Sophia and Ernesto -- their 3rd boy!


  1. wow that cake is beautiful. I Love it. the baby blanket is so sweet, oh to have your talent

  2. That cake is gorgeous - you are so talented :) The blanket is pretty nice, too. So, what kind of cake was it?

  3. White cake on top, chocolate on bottom.

  4. Gorgeous cake, gorgeous blanket - lucky kiddos!

    Really, that cake is amazing - I'm so impressed that you can do that!

  5. Oh good night that cake is gorgeous! Absolutely fantastic. Unbelievable. My jaw is on the floor!

  6. Great cake! Prettiest flowers of any kind I've seen - let alone from gumdrops! Kneading gumdrops together to blend colors - never would have thunk it, and I'm a recovering pastry chef!

  7. Very pretty! I'll have to try it! I love that all my little crafty habits run in the family!