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Looking forward sun cake

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I thought this post would work for today, a day we fall back an hour for daylight savings.  The gesture reminds me of a cake I did for a gal’s 40th birthday party a few months ago.  It was a surprise couple’s party at a bar, hosted by the birthday girl’s best friend.  After finding a boat load of golden streamers, plates and other party stuff at the dollar store, the host landed on the theme “40 is Golden.”

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When she first presented the theme to me (to translate into a cake on a budget), I couldn’t get past images of golden anniversaries and the decadent frills of my grandparents’ cake that marked their 50th wedding anniversary.  I knew right then – while beautiful – gilded roses entwining the cake just might strangle the just-leaving-her-30’s recipient (that is, if she is even 1/10th as vain as me).

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So…I opted for modern whimsy with a sun face that winks to the future, knowing that the days ahead will be just as promising and full as the days already gone.

The cake was yummy and a bit of a hybrid – 3 layers of my go-to chocolate cake with a Nutella cloud icing topped with a made-from-scratch marshmallow fondant with gold details made with piping gel and gold disco dust.  It felt like a bit of a risk – but then so is life – if we let it.

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