Last week I made a quinceañera cake. Mariana and her family are good friends so I wanted Mariana's birthday cake to be very special. The room was beautifully decorated with lots of musical notes. Mariana, along with the rest of her family, is blessed with musical talent. It was lovely and looked like a wedding reception!
When I couldn't find a cake topper that worked with my idea, I figured I needed to get my creative juices flowing, so I made one myself. I drew my pattern and cut out the numbers with my handy dandy scroll saw! Yes, then of course, Mod Podge was part of my plan. after sanding like crazy, I painted the edges and back teal, then decoupaged the fronts with pretty blue scrapbook paper. I glued them to an oval plaque and added rhinestones.
I haven't made a tiered cake in a while, not since the days when I was making 2 to 3 wedding cakes a week....that's probably been about 10 years ago. I use a family recipe, Hot Milk cake, which was passed down from my great-grandmother. Yum! Deliciously moist. I put Bavarian cream between the layers.
I wanted to add lights and musical notes to the cake. My idea? I stuffed a vase with battery operated mini led lights and blue iridescent cellophane grass. I closed the opening with tape and inserted it into I hole I cut out of the middle cake layer.
The musical note "chandelier" I made using a piece of thin Plexiglas cut into a circle. I made 6 holes evenly around the edges and added beads and musical notes. After lots of brainstorming and looking for musical notes I could hang (which ended up being an unsuccessful search), I decided to make them myself. I bent blue wire into treble clefs. I was able to make them the size I needed and hang them on jump rings. I think it worked perfectly!
I glued the entire "chandelier" part to the vase. But then I had visions of little people bumping the cake table and the cake tumbling down! I needed to figure out a way for the cake to sit securely on top of the vase. Velcro was my answer...I simply glued some velcro strips to the bottom cake plate and to the top of my "chandelier". Wa-la! Perfect! It was secure, but also easy enough to disassemble when it came time to cut the cake.
I made this plaque to go on the cake table. I Mod Podged hymnal pages to the background and used the same paper for the "M" as I did for the numbers. A few embellishments and sparkle, sparkle! Yes, I used Sparkle Mod Podge on the painted edges and the letter. I sealed the background with Gloss Mod Podge for some contrast.
This was such a special and very fun party! Mariachis, dancing, great food, a pinata, a even lots of family members who flew in from Mexico for this special day! My favorite part was the beautiful ceremony celebrating Mariana's transition from being a little girl to becoming a young lady. She came out in flat shoes and no accessories. After her family members presented her with special symbolic gifts, she was shining with heels, all her accessories and even a new Bible! It was very special!
I must show you the thank yous that were on different tables throughout the room. Cecy, Mariana's mom made them. Chocolate bars wrapped in scrapbook paper with a little hand stamped tag and a pretty bow. They turned out so cute!
So, next time you need a cake topper, you can make one yourself! Mod Podge to the rescue!