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My Threadcakes Cake 2009

Updated on December 7, 2014

"A Birth Day" Cake

I've been a fan of Threadless for some time. What is Threadless you ask? It is a "community-based tee-shirt company" that releases now designs every Monday.

They are limited edition tees that may or may not be reprinted depending on their popularity. Threadless tees can quirky, outrageous, pretty, loud, fashionable, trendy, and outspoken. They are usually $18 or less. Yeps, less. Sometimes they sell them for as little as $5.

When I received notice that Threadcakes would be launching another bake off (this is their second season) I jumped at the challenge to create a cake in the likeness of one of my favorite tees. The tee I chose is called "A Birth Day". It was designed by Jean-Sebastien Deheeger.

This design is currently sold old but you can always sign up for a waiting list. Every time I look at this shirt I smile.

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Notes From a Wannabe Cake Baker

In general I don't spend a lot of time fussing with cakes and decorating -- I throw a few ingredients together, sprinkle on a topping and bake. It usually stays in the container until someone wants a piece.

Saving Time

I figured the biggest time saver would be to use packaged cake mixes (thank goodness I did). I bought three: one with colored sprinkles, one vanilla and one chocolate (I had wanted orange but they were out). The base is the sprinkles, the cow is chocolate and the chick is vanilla. Other items: three containers of icing (2 white, 1 chocolate), a bag of coconut, 2 sheets of rice paper for stencil, a metal decorating tip, and an icing bag.

Day One

I baked all the cakes: one oblong, one square, one small rectangle and two circles. I wanted to make sure I had extra in case I messed up the cake carving. I made up the green icing and decorated the base. I cooled all cakes in the fridge or freezer overnight. I used the rice paper to make my cow and chick stencil.

Day Two

I was the carving day. Much to my surprise carving the cake was pretty easy. I didn't use nearly as much cake as I thought I would. So we have a lot of cake (I broke up extra and put in a freezer bowl to use for trifle at a later date)! The tough part came when I was trying to ice the cow and chick. The cake suddenly became crumbly and messed up the icing. They turned out a bit bigger than I planned because I had to add extra layers of icing. This also made making the cow's legs incredibly hard. The chick parts are made from frozen icing. The cow is covered in coconut to look like fur and I hand decorated the spots and features with the icing bag and tip.

The Fun Parts

Out of the whole process I enjoyed making the colored icing, decorating the green base and adding the cow spots and features.

Mangia!

I'm not much of a cake eater so it was no feat on my part to wait but my husband, nicknamed "mangiacake" by family members, had a hard time waiting. There were threats around every corner about disappearing cake but he held out and it was worth it. I almost felt guilty cutting into the little cow. "A Birth Day" is yummy (and sweet).

The Book I Wish I Had...

Cake Decorating For Dummies
Cake Decorating For Dummies

I have a few of these books on different topics and they make great reference books for any shelf. I really wish I had this book on hand when I was slaving over my cake entry!!

 

Building a Cow Chick Cake - The Process

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I organized my baking ingredients so they were easily accessible.I mixed up the cake batters and baked them.1 large 9 x 13 cake and three small round ones.Applying the neon green icing sugar to base.Cutting the cow form out of the chocolate cake. Brown cow -- get it?I had to put the icing bits in the freezer to make them workable.Added cow and chick body to base, Things are really starting to take shape.Legs and ears!Every cow needs it's spots, and apparently eggs do too.The final results, nom, nom, nom.
I organized my baking ingredients so they were easily accessible.
I organized my baking ingredients so they were easily accessible.
I mixed up the cake batters and baked them.
I mixed up the cake batters and baked them.
1 large 9 x 13 cake and three small round ones.
1 large 9 x 13 cake and three small round ones.
Applying the neon green icing sugar to base.
Applying the neon green icing sugar to base.
Cutting the cow form out of the chocolate cake. Brown cow -- get it?
Cutting the cow form out of the chocolate cake. Brown cow -- get it?
I had to put the icing bits in the freezer to make them workable.
I had to put the icing bits in the freezer to make them workable.
Added cow and chick body to base, Things are really starting to take shape.
Added cow and chick body to base, Things are really starting to take shape.
Legs and ears!
Legs and ears!
Every cow needs it's spots, and apparently eggs do too.
Every cow needs it's spots, and apparently eggs do too.
The final results, nom, nom, nom.
The final results, nom, nom, nom.

My Official "A Birth Day" Entry

Please sign my guest book. I love warm fuzzies. :)

My Threadcakes 2009 Guestbook

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Never heard of this! :)

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Turned out great!! Kudos! ...And congratulations on your Giant Squids Summer School graduation. :)

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      Here is a fuzzy! I love the tees! I love cake, too.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Love it!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      :) cute T & cake. fun.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      This is too cute! Nice work on that cake too!