When I was a junior in high school, I spent two weeks in a Spanish language immersion program, where I lived with a family in Cuernavaca, Mexico. While my language skills definitely improved, the aspect that stuck with me even more so was my love for the Mexican culture. Obsession is an often overused term, but it's fair to say that I'm obsessed with all things "Dia de los Muertos," to the point that when I purchased this cake mold, the only thing I wanted to do was decorate the skull with a traditional pattern. I simply used a red velvet cake mix with features done in royal icing, but I also love the idea of trying out fondant for the first time.
There are certain occasions that require celebration cakes. They look like a party on a plate, with fun colors, lots of sprinkles, and each bite has the ideal amount of frosting. On the last day of 2011, I felt it a good time to bake up something special to bring us into the new ...read more