This Gorilla Backpack Cake was inspired by Shaunagh’s excitement prior to her going to see the gorillas in Uganda for her birthday this August and by Grace Stevens delightful African Explorer Cake in her first book, Celebration Cakes. I haven’t done many carved cakes so it was a new challenge to take on this cake. With the clear instructions from Grace’s book it was a fun baking project and I was chuffed with the way it turned out for Shaunagh’s birthday celebration. The sugar gorilla figurine I added next to the backpack as a fun element for Shaunagh before she left to visit the beautiful gorillas. Luckily Shaunagh returned with no wildlife in her backpack and only perfect pictures to record the memories that she would treasure of her visit to Uganda.
Michelle and Hayley celebrated their birthdays a week apart so we had a joint celebration at scrapbooking for them in October last year. They are both beautiful women so fairies on the cakes would have been totally appropriate but as I was feeling more adventurous and Grace Stevens’ new book Celebration Cakes was beckoning me to try something new I bravely made these 2 clown figurines for the first time. Not sure why I had taken so long to try something new as Grace explains and demonstrates so clearly in her book each step for every figurine. I loved the 2 really naughty and cute clowns that I created and they were a delight sitting on their individual cakes. Their naughty faces and bright cheerful colours were perfect for Michelle and Hayley who are bright characters in our class and always make us smile and laugh with their comments and stories. We work hard but my title for this post “Clowning Around” can definitely be applied to many a Wednesday morning!