Sunday night, I made the gum paste mouse heads, ears and bows.
Tuesday night after work, I baked the chocolate cakes.
This is her idea of "cleaning the bowl."
Also on Tuesday evening, I cut out fondant dots and made a fondant bow which I stuffed with tissue to keep the "open" shape, and put them on sponges to dry overnight.
Wednesday evening, time to decorate. The cakes were torted (cut in half horizontally), filled with chocolate icing, put back together, covered in chocolate icing and then covered in colored fondant, as seen above.
Here's where I talk about how I like to practice. Those who read my blog know, I am all about the practice. But I did not have time to do a practice run. Here are the things I learned that I would do differently, if I make the cake again:
Don't make the cut-out bows before-hand. They are too hard and getting the HEAVY bows to stick was hard; I used toothpicks and broke 2. Next time, I will either attach the bows while they are still soft to the Minnie heads, or make the bows out of icing.
Measure the big Minnie ears as compared to the bow. The bow is the right size for the cake, according to my sis V, but the ears are lost behind it. (she got a picture message sent to her on her phone).
Here is the final product. Notice I put the birthday girl's initials on the cake. That's where the two broken-bowed Minnie heads would have gone, but I really like the initials there.
I love how this turned out!