My turkey cake platter  *photos by http://www.vintodphoto.com

Ever since I started baking, I’ve heard: “Why don’t you make a TURKEY CAKE for Thanksgiving? Oh, you know what would be a really creative idea for Thanksgiving? OMG if you made a cake that looked like a TURKEY! You should TOTALLY make a turkey cake. Turkey cake turkey cake turkey cake!”

Well, I succumbed and made it.  Ta daaaaaa:

Top view of my turkey cake and stuffing platter

For the Thanksgivings that preceded this eventful turkey cake, I kept responding with, “Um… it’s going to take a lot of time…” And surprise.  IT DID.  Thanksgiving 2015 was on Thursday (as always, duh) November 26; per usual, I took my sweet @ss time getting started and stayed up super late to rush and finish the damn thing.  I actually made two cakes instead of just one for Thanksgiving.  Mind you, I’ve never tried making a poultry platter cake before so why the hell not make TWO cakes because I’m clearly insane.

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I was so super psyched that we were going to see my mom for Mother’s Day (she was happy about that, too).  I haven’t been feeling well lately and one of the few things that makes you feel better is just being around mom.  I wanted to get her a really nice gift since we don’t get to see her often, and I knew that my mom loves flowers so I had an idea…  not just give a bouquet that would wilt and die within a week, but one that would last forever.  Well, as long as you don’t get it wet or drop it.

Mother’s day gum paste rose arrangement

About a month ago, I decided I wanted to make a bunch of sugar paste flowers for my mom.  My friend K and I took a brief and somewhat rushed gum paste crash course that gave an overview of the general steps to make roses.  The class was the only decorating class I’ve ever taken (and probably ever will take) and it felt like I was part of a cooking show.  You know how everything is already all prepped and the perky host does a few steps, pops it in the oven, you blink an eye and a readymade ____ is done?  It was kind of like that.  We did one step, stopped, got dried parts of the rose made by someone else, did another step, stopped, got the next part of the rose made by someone else.  I wasn’t too thrilled with that, but after seeing all the steps involved I made mental notes of what to change when I made gum paste roses… mine from start to finish.

If done properly, a full bloom would take about a week to do.  You do a step, let it dry overnight, do the next layer, let it dry overnight, and so on. I bought a couple bags of prepared Wilton gum paste and was pissed to find that one bag had already started drying out.  I tried to salvage it and kneaded pink food color into the mixed paste, but it was still tough to work with.  There were tips and tricks online, saying that adding shortening or popping it into the microwave for a bit would help, but the end result with the pink roses weren’t nearly as nice, just b/c I couldn’t shape the petals more since it dried out too quickly.

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