Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Recently I was asked to bake THE birthday cake for a celebration of four crumbsnatchers that were turning  1yr old.  I was quite nervous, as I’m no more a professional cake decorator, than I am a rocket scientist.   But I came up with a few clever ideas on my own that were quickly tossed out the door.  The dolls were inappropriate and the sparkling candles were a hazard.   But not to worry, I settled on a cake that was topped with the biggest mound of cotton candy you’ve ever seen. Will I be baking that 6-layer cake again?  Not if my life depended on it!!  Here’s the recipe, as I’d soo prefer you to make this on your own than to request me to whip this up for your next gig.  Dealio?

6 layers of big thanks to Phil (Defalco Photography) for snapping all my suga shenanigans…

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    TG 

    very nice….even with the four girls with their derriers in the cake hehe

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    VSC 

    Thanks so much TG! That was my favorite pic of them all!!!

  3. Sounds delicious! So I guess a birthday cake order is outta the question! LOL! :)

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    Summer, I had originally planned to take that cake somewhere to be photographed and Phil smartly suggested he photograph it at my place. Thank GOD I listened to him and he got some good shots in, as it totally collapsed when I moved it back into the kitchen!! I’m just to clumsy to be make’n anything too fancy. xoxo

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    BethLV 

    Jenny, this is an instant classic! Personally, I like the one with the naked dolls; a li’l reminiscent of a doll cake I had as a kid, but of course my doll had her boobies frosted! The rainbow cake is fabulous and the cotton candy topping is inspired. Keep up the amazing work!!

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    carrotpeople 

    Great idea for such a bright, fun cake. And as always, gorgeous pics. I love it.

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    IslandEAT 

    Jenny, I don’t know how you manage to do it, but you’ve outdone yourself again . This cake would work equally well for a toddler’s birthday as for a gay pride party or even a gathering of naturalist-dolls (or the clothing-adverse people who collect said dolls). Maybe not for a diabetic’s celebration….Thanks, Dan

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    Beth..Thank you soo much. I think I had the same doll cake as a kid! Never, ever out of style!!… Cindy… Thank you sooo much, I appreciate you. Dan… you always make my day with soo many thoughtful kind things. When are you hiring me?
    xoxoxo everyone…

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    Susan 

    I have never seen anything like it in my life. Amazing!!! If anyone can pull off a cake like this, Vintage Sugarcube can!!!

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    Suze… Thank you a million! You are amazing, 2 kids, moving and still have time to be supportive and leave comments. Thank you times a million. :)

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    jenny 

    good gawd girl, you are my hero. i’ve been wanting to make a rainbow cake for a whole year now, but i am just never organized enough with my time.

    you amaze!!!!!

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    Katie 

    Love the colors! Do you have a tasty recipe for frosting? I like vanilla ones that don’t taste fakey. I’ll stay tuned….

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    Anna Seno 

    Brilliant! You are definitely baking my wedding cake in 2030!

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    Trish 

    What an impressive rainbow cake — especially considering you’ve never tried this before. The layers turned out beautifully.

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    Teresa in London 

    Ok, Jen, I think this is the best one yet! Love the dolls, perfectly appropriate, had to send this one out to all the bois… it is a rainbow afterall! Love ya!

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    VSC 

    Thank you sooo much everyone for your kind words! I was a little worried about this post!! xoxo

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    Claudia 

    Oh la la, captivated by the layers of the rainbow…..love the pics. The last one needs sunglasses to look like a pink wigged lady….or a moustache…haha

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    Tiffany 

    Awesome, lucky birthday kids! My birthday is coming up………..I’ll even let you use sparklers!
    PS. Let’s get that San Diego Blogger’s group together!

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    VSC 

    @Claudia, I love the rainbow the best, and I should have thought about dressing up the pink cotton candy!! @Tiffany, YES!! I will email you, that would be sooo awesome. xoxoxo

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    Monica Lindsey! 

    great job, very original!)
    we love it!)

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    VSC 

    Thanks Monica!!! Big thanks to you and Lee for checking it out. Much, much appreciated!!

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    Wavefarer 

    What a mind you have! As always, very impressed!

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    VSC 

    You made my day Ms. Wavefarer!! xoxo

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    Terri 

    You are so creative! I love these pics, though I miss seeing a picture of you in your wig for this posting.

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    VSC 

    Terri! I big-time heart you!!

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    Mo 

    OHMYGOD – I LOVE IT!!!

    I was smiling and laughing and loving it the whole time :-)

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    Monthego 

    in the words of a wise person i know…”holy hell”. amazing. xo

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    Mo and Monthego! Holy Hell I love you both!!

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    AMV 

    LOOOOOVE it!

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    colleen 

    Naked ladies and frosting, only thing missing is naked men : )

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    VSC 

    HaHa.. I needed that laugh Colleen! And I soooo agree. The boyzzz will be back!

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    robert staite 

    I Love all of the fabulous rainbow colors

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    Neil Hughes 

    JENNY YOU ARE JUST TOO FUCKING GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO, YOU NEED TO STOP SO ALL THE OTHERS EVEN SLIGHTLY STAND A CHANCE

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    VSC 

    What the hell would I do without you Neil?

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    June 

    WOW! I’m going to use Ken dolls…

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    MISTY 

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I’M SOOOOO GONNA TRY AND MAKE THIS CAKE THIS WEEKEND! IT LOOKS SOOO FUN!!!! YOU SHOULD TRY OUT FOR CUPCAKE WARS!!!! YOU’LL DOMINATE! AND WIN $10,000

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    VSC 

    Misty! Gosh, thank you soo very much for the vote of confidence. WOWZA! I need to look into that contest. Thank you a million for thinking of me. :)

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    michele 

    fantastic cake – soooo creative and fun. keep up the good recipes and fun ideas.

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    VSC 

    Thanks Michele!! And thanks soo much for being such a great support and always having good advice.:)

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    Sukie 

    I never got a Pride birthday cake like that as a kid. With naked Barbies, to boot! yeah, Baby!

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    Skeezix 

    A-freakin’ AMAZING girl! Loved your ‘toppings’. Your creative and fun-loving spirit shine through in all your pix and they always make me smile!! Keep it up, kid.

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    CADL 

    Loved the colorful layer idea. Am definitely using it for the next B-day!

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    VSC 

    Skeezix and CADL, Thanks so much for the kind words!!

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    Alexi 

    I love that the cotton candy looks a whole lot like a wig that I have seen before…

    Too bad the cake is less than sturdy, it would be amazing to see you walking the parade route offering up slices of pride.

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    Thank you so much Lex. I love that idea of ‘slices of pride’!! You are brilliant, hence one of the many reasons I love you.

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    Lynn 

    Jenny,
    The layer cake caught my eye then I saw the dolls!! Fabulous!!! Hope all is well the website is great!! I am telling my frineds to go to it and look at the recipes and make a comment!!

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    Philip 

    One blonde, two brunettes, a foxy red-head, and delicious frosting all in one place. How lucky can a guy get? Let’s just say I got to shoot some cake, and it it too. It tasted amazingly good…like the bday cake I always wanted as a kid, but never had until Jenny made it. Now my daughter wants Jenny’s cupcakes for her bday. Lucky Kid.

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    Philip and Lynn! Thank you both sooo much!!

  49. This is STELLAR!!!!!!!!!! Really will you bake this again? The toppings are HILARIOUS. Mile high cotton candy? Perfect.

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    Theresa 

    Oh wow, I totally want to make a cake like that now! It looks SO amazing!

  51. That is so cool! How did you do that

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    Holly Orlando 

    You’ll make this cake one more time on December 7th, right? I love it!

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    Maya @ Foodiva's Kitchen 

    Oh mamma mia, this is exactly the cake I dreamt of as a child! No, actually, this is the also the cake of my dreams as a grown-up… I love the colors and the pink cotton candy piled up on top like a pinkwashed hairdo gone right. I’m only disappointed that you won’t be baking this again for my next birthday :’-(

  54. Love it! So much color and those layers look perfect!

  55. This is basically the coolest cake ever! Great idea and awesome job.

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    Tiffany 

    This cake is gorgeous! Maybe in a little over a year when my little girl turns one, you’ll change your mind and just have to try it again….. ;-) FUN!!

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    VSC 

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you again! I was worried you all would think this post was on the boring side, thank you for giving me the gusto to keep jamm’n! xoxo

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    VSC 

    Hey Tiff! The truth is, I know I’ll wanna try it again! xoxo

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    Your friend 

    Wow, if you had had 1 more doll they could have been “The Go Go’s”.
    Big cake, big hair…so 80′s

    Great job, JJ

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    Kocinera 

    This is probably the coolest birthday cake I’ve ever seen! My inner child is freaking out and begging me to have this for my birthday cake next year.

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    VSC 

    MAKE IT!! It’s not as bad as I made it out to be, and it will make your bday xtra special. xoxo

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    Joanne 

    Well that is one great cake. First, I love the inside. Beautiful. Second, when I saw those naked ladies I thought it was a bride giving it to the groom for a “safe” bachelor party…save the live model leaping from the cake.

  63. High Design!

  64. Cotton candy on a cake!? genius. Wow. I can’t get over this right.. its like sugar overload but in a totally legit way.. yuuuum!

  65. I’m getting a sugar hight just looking at these beautiful photos!

  66. Beautiful cake! so colorful and fun!

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    Jackie 

    Hey Girl- This is hysterical! Loved the dolls, especially the redhead with the glasses. Hmm, she looks so familiar…..Seriously, the cake is gorgeous!

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    Mitzi 

    I’m serious you are brilliant! I really do want this cake like now!!!!

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    Stephanie Caños 

    I absolutely love this cake! Am definitely gonna try (operative word) to make this one day soon! Once again, I’m impressed with your work & enjoy viewing your site! See you soon!

  70. Wow! The cake looks beautiful. Genius!

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    sab 

    Ijust adore this cake ..colourful l=the way I like

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    VSC 

    Thank you sooo much everyone!! Try out the recipe and come up with some wacky colors of your own.. xoxo

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    VSC 

    Remember- groovy NEON colors by McCormick and I found them in my local grocery store. Not expensive at all. :)

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    Gary 

    Jennifer, I think you are shortchanging yourself. Each cake is a layer and so is each frosting, so you really made a 12 layer cake, which is just mind-blowing, like the neon colors. Keep up the great work.

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    Kika 

    WOW! I love it! My children will think I am the bestest mommy on the whole frickin planet if I can recreate this cake. Yeaaaa! I am gonna to save this recipe as my secret weapon for when I need to get on their good sides. VSC saves the day again!

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    Ellen 

    OMG! You’ve done it again. I love all of them!!!
    Great rainbow of color and oh such fun.

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    The Other Joy 

    I love the rainbow of colors!!! Definitely will be a hit with the kiddos!

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    Lee 

    Muy Fantastico!

  79. Awesome cake. Reminds me of that Katy Perry video (CA Gurls)!

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    Queen Bee 

    This is by far one of the happiest things I have seen lately. Not sure if it’s the dolls or the colors or the cotton candy! XOXO!!!

  81. wow……now that cake is incredible!!!! a sight to behold, all those different colored layers…..just amazing….and then you turned it into a Katy Perry Cake with all those nekkid dolls….I did love the rear view!
    I think you should recreate a life size version of it!

  82. You certainly are creative with the decorating!!! Looks like it tastes good too, which I suppose is the point ;)

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    Claudia 

    Laughed out loud – and still willing and able and want – to take a bite.

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    coco 

    Yum! The cotton candy is a stroke of genius.

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    K to the G 

    This is an amazing and beautiful baking inspiration. It’s the cake version of this: http://rainbowsightings.com/

  86. WOOOOWWW THIS IS SOOOO PRETTY!! THE COLORS ARE SO VIBRANT SOOO VIBRANT!! VERY PRETTY PICTURES, i LOVE THE COLORS!!! MY BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP (SEPTEMBER 1), AND NOW THIS IS THE CAKE I WANT FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!! FORGET THE RED VELVET, FORGET THE ICE CREAM CAKE I WANT THIS!!! THIS CAKE IS TRULY STUNNING I’M GONNA SHARE IT WITH ALL MY FRIENDS!

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    Ruby 

    Brava! That cake is outta control! I love the rear view of the girls but yes I do miss your boyz. This old married lady lives vicariously through you, didn’t you know? ;-)

  88. This cake looks right up my street. YUmmmmmY!!!!

  89. Very nice! Congratulations!

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    Rachel 

    That’s so awesome! I’ve been wanting to make a rainbow cake for awhile, but it seems rather intimidating. Maybe I’ll give it a shot…Or just hire you to make one for me! :)

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    Paula 

    I absolutely love the last shoot!

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    Debbie 

    This one takes the CAKE! Prize, I mean – Top 9! congrats!

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    VSC 

    Thank you soooo much everyone!! You’ve made my day!! And the boyz? They’ll be BACK!!

  94. Oh I love this!The picture of the dolls sticking out of the cake made me laugh! :) Congratulations on making top 9!

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    VSC 

    Thank you sooo much Christina! I was quite shocked they picked me! :)

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    Bryt 

    love the colour! So much fun! And my hat goes off to you for baking a 6 tier cake… you wouldn’t even find me even contemplating trying it!

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    VSC 

    Thank you so much for stopping by Bryt..Much appreciated! I tell you, I won’t be make’n that again anytime soon!! :)

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    Gera 

    Somewhere over the rainbow — wayyyy up high!!!!!!!! Love ya like a fat kid loves cake. Geeee monayyyyy

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    Debbie 

    Wow that is some cake and certainly does look like a lot of work, bravo! I am sure whoever’s birthday it was had to be very happy! Nice work!

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    Eileen 

    I love the size of that cake. It’s so pretty. Great job!

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    Lori 

    That cake is soooooo cool! I’m so proud of you! Can’t wait to see you!

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    Ambika 

    hehe…I love the babes on the cake more than the cake itself!!! Gorgeous cake :)

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    Chefwife 

    Pure genius! I have my daughters 4 year birthday coming up and The Chef and I agreed that this will be PERFECT! Thank you for posting. You have made a little girl’s birthday some much tastier!

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    Josh 

    This has gotta be the coolest cake I’ve ever seen! And congrats on foodbuzz – starting to take off girl!

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    Krissyp 

    I want a slice of this right now, with a good cup of coffee! What a fun, beautiful cake. You have done it again! Congrats on making Top 9, you deserve it!

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    MIchelle 

    Love the cake!!! you did an awesome job decoarting it!! and I’m totally with you on only making one of those and not any more than that one….Luv ya!

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    Suzi 

    This cake looks awesome and Tylar has a birthday coming up right around the time you will be in the big I…hmmm…coincidence? I think not!!!! lol Keep up the good work girl!

  108. Gorgeous cake! Don’t think I ever seen anything like this one.

  109. Food Porn. LOL

  110. Love this cake, it totally rocks! The colors are awesome, I want this cake for my birthday!

  111. Oh honey! That needs food porn music. What a gorgeous rainbow of yumminess! And you always need a redhead.

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    Christina 

    PRIDE

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    Kait 

    THAT CAKE IS WICKED AWESOME!!! YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION! <33

  114. Lady lady lady…..I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!!!!!!!!!

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    VSC 

    Thank you everyone! Big, big smooches!!

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    AMY 

    YOU ROCK JENNY!!!!!!!!!

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    Deirdre 

    I love it…remember May 26th ;)

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    VSC 

    It’s on my calendar!! xoxo

  119. ROFLMAO I want me some boobie cake!!! But, more importantlly, where did you get that dining table???!

  120. Love the layers and the colours! So pretty!

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    Melanie 

    What a clever blog you have. I love it! I’m amazed by your creativity. A cake topped with cotton candy? Fantastic.

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    heather 

    the cotton candy on top is genius!

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    Suzanne G. 

    Your ideas and the pictures are terrific. Your stories are the best – smart and hilarious, you have no equal in the dessert blogosphere. Very inspiring.

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    IVY 

    awww mad! i want mine to be like this :)
    http://zebraandmeerkat.blogspot.com/

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    VSC 

    IVY!! Thank you so much for checking out VintageSugarcube! I think you need that 6 layer cake for your next birthday! I’m lovin’ on the Zebra and Meerkat blog!! FAB-U-LOUS darling.

    Bisou Bisou!!

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    Chet 

    Very cool stuff. I’ll bet the colored layers were a hit!

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    marieee 

    RAD!

  128. very interesting info ! .

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    Trista 

    Yeah, I’m the sucker that tried this anyway. The play-by-play is on my blog with a G-rated version of the cake. It was going to the Christian preschool afterall… LOL – But it was FABULOUS! (http://mommyupgrade.com/?p=534)

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    VintageSugarcube 

    Trista- Girl….You are such the bomb diggity!! I am honored you tried my cake. You’ll have to think of an occasion to make a cake with those cute dolls. :)

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    VintageSugarcube 

    Eliot- Thank you times 6. Ha Ha.. I really am happy you tried my recipe and thank you for your kind, kind words. You da bomb!! :)

  132. That’s quite the layer cake! I can see why the dolls weren’t appropriate for the kiddies. Of course, with the dolls and the rainbow theme, it’d be ideal for gay, lesbian, and bi pride week.

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    VintageSugarcube 

    Thanks James. I’ve made that cake only twice, and next time, I’m letting someone else make it. :)

  134. Love this!!! So creative :)

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    Barbara 

    Those doll heads really just set off the celebration – not to mention all the rainbows! Love it

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    VintageSugarcube 

    Thank you Brandon! That’s the biggest compliment.

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    VintageSugarcube 

    Thanks a million Barbara!

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