Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Blog Hop: Day Two!

Welcome to Day Two of and’s first Blog Hop of 2012! Our theme is: “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!” 

If you have arrived here from visiting Angie at Scrappin Memories, you’re in the right place! If you've just popped in . . . head on over to see Melin at and start at the beginning so you don’t miss any of the wonderful projects the Designers have created -- 'cause I'm the caboose on this train!

Our Designers had to use something old from their craft stash, something new (a recent purchase or new technique), something borrowed (an element from a Cricut cut or from a cutting file or digi stamp) and of course, something blue.
I recently completed a number of items for a little boy's first birthday. His Mommy and Daddy selected a gator theme using pastel blue, a light lime green and white. See yesterday's post for the banner, picture clips and shirt I made for the birthday boy's celebration. 
Today I am sharing the yummy cake and cupcakes Dee and I made!  Usually Dee is a solo act when it comes to the cakes.  However, now that we have our new Cricut Cake machine that we scored on eBay I have a feeling I will be participating more.  This is the first time we used the Cricut Cake and  I am still amazed at how easy it was to use!  The key is rolling your fondant to the correct thickness and then letting it sit out to stiffen up a bit.
The bottom tier is white cake and the top tier is chocolate.
Both are covered in buttercream frosting before the fondant is applied.
All of the accents are fondant and the border is M & Ms.
The embellishments on the gators and the monogram plaque was
achieved with edible food writers.
All of the fondant decorations were cut using the Cricut Cake!
Here are the decorations drying a bit before being applied to the cake. 

To apply the decorations to the cake you simply
brush them lightly with water.  The water
activates the sugars and allows the fondant
to stick to itself.
The birthday boy is ready for cake!
And here is how I fulfilled the hop requirements:
  • Something old ~ Create-A-Critter cartridge
  • Something new ~ Cricut Cake and Cake Basics cartridge
  • Something borrowed ~ one layer from the multi-layered gator
  • Something blue ~ the number one, stripes, and the monogram medallion.

Dee also made some delicious cupcakes that I decorated with cupcake picks.  I used Accent Essentials, Create-A-Critter and Cindy Loo cartridges. 
Tyler had a wonderful first birthday -- and his Mommy and Daddy were so thrilled with all the items Dee and I created for his party.

It wouldn't be a Blog Hop without some Blog Candy, now would it! I have four sets of clear stamps by Inkadinkado that I'm giving away -- two sets yesterday and two sets today. To be eligible you must leave a comment on each day's post (Saturday's post to be eligible for that day's stamps and today's post for today's stamps) with your e-mail address. I'd love it if you'd like to become a follower of my blog, but it is not a requirement.

Here is today's giveaway:
The stamp on the left is hard to see -- it has a Cardinal sitting on a branch.
Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us!  Make sure you check in tomorrow at and see what Chef Nita has whipped up for our Monday Cartridge Showcase!

~ Jen


Anonymous said...

OH MY GOSH!! You have outdone yourself. What a cake! I love the colors, and it looks so professional, not to mention YUMMY!!


Michelle said...

OH MY WORD girl!!! This is AWESOME!! I LOVE the fondant work!! The little images are super cute too! You rocked this birthday party for sure!! I really want a cricut cake daughter and I would have so much fun....anything to make your cakes look prettier and easier right?! :)


Sunshine HoneyBee said...

You said cake and this is wonderful. Pass me a slice please. I'm a follower. Thanks for giveaway chance.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Charlotte said...

You have knocked it out of the park again!! this cake is so cute. The colors are wonderful and the design you did to include his initials and the big number1 with the gator is great. What wonderful cupcakes and with the gator at the top of the stand, it just brings it all together. I cannot imagine how much time you invested in all of this.
But all in all, it could not be better!!

Heather P said...

This is so beautiful- your work with fondant is so skilled! Very nice projects/treats :)
Heather P

Krafty Hugzz Kenzi x said...

OH JEEZ, This is truly amazing, i cant believe how fantastic this is, the little boy and his family will remember this party for sure, you can see how much work must of gone into this to co-ordinate everything, it looks like someone proffesional whos been decorating years has done this, i am shocked, i have learnt so much from you, THANK YOU, and that your offering candy too wow, i will defo be popping by every day to see more, your a true artist..
Kenzi xx

Sharon said...

now that's is different never expected to see a cake on a hop great job.

CREATIVE M said...

OMG! I am soooo happy that I am a new follower! This is AMAZING! But I bet u know that! LOL It is Delicious! Yummy! The cake and cupcakes are AMAZING! I wish I was there to taste! LOL Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

Simply Fabulous Jen! ♥Jill

Angie said...

wow! wow!! I love all your projects!! so creative , we have something more in common. cakes!!

Nita said...

Oh my goodness Jen! You always put my projets to shame with your amazing creativity! LOVE THE CAKE!!! What a fabulous party! :)

Anna said...

Beautiful and so yummy looking. Just awesome.
Thanks for the chance to win.
I am a follower.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Larelyn said...

Amazing! What a fun birthday that must have been to plan and create. The cake is fantastic (being a Razorback fan, I just don't know about all those gators!!!). Your talent is awesome.

craftsbyreva said...

oh my! That looks too good to eat! Bet it was yummy! Great job!

craftsbyreva said...

also my email....I always forget!

Geri B said...

cute cake

Anonymous said...

Today is just another step up to the top of the pedestal. You did a fantastic job. Thanks for sharing.
Loved the cake.

Lynn C. (

Court said...

That must have been one rockin' party! I really need to learn how to use my cricut cake!

mitz said...

... you ** take the cake ** with this idea..** great job.. sure looks yummy
thanks for the opportunity at your blog candy.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

Becca said...

oh my gosh!! That works so perfectly with his gator shirt!! I bet you were so proud of everything you made for the party!! TFS


Moments by Marla said...

The entire set is amazing. You did a fabulous job on the decorations and the cake. WOW!

by Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

Love that cake. You ladies did a MAR-VELOUS JOB!!! Love all the decor. I can't wait to try my cricut cake one day. Smooches... Sous Chef Feli'

Glitter Panda said...

The cake is gorgeous!! I have a brand new Cricut cake just sitting in the box waiting to be used...You have inspired me to get to it!! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

Glitter Panda
mrsrattien at gmaildotcom

Carmen said...

Looks absolutely wonderful. Great job! Love the idea.Thanks.

Melin said...

Jen, You have truly outdone yourself GF!!! That cake is beautiful! Thank you for the step by step photos. I can't wait for my DD to give hers a try! Thank you just doesn't cover what you do and mean to CWC!!!! Big Hugs and Big Blessings!


ShersL84bed said...

Wow, I bet his mommy was happy when she saw all of this. I love it, and can't wait to give my new cake machine a try now. Thanks for the tips.
Will you email me and let me know what fondant you used? My hubby's birthday is on the 24th and I would love to make him one.

Thanks Sher

Debbie said...

Seriously Jen, I need you to give me a class on the Cricut Cake, I can never get mine to work right! The cake is awesome. You are amazing!

Debbie B.

Karen L said...

Oh my goodness...that cake is ADORABLE!! Love the fondant decoration...and the colors. I've never actually seen how the Cricut Cake maker works...thanks for the peek!
I'm a follower!