A week of highs and lows

Happy birthday wishes this week for DH (ssshhh! he won't want you to know how hold!) and also my eldest child, DS Josh who reached 16! He didn't ask for anything or want to go anywhere. I was rather disappointed so made an extra special effort with the cake. Given the situation with FIL, I was running out of time and spent all day Friday (Josh's birthday) decorating my usual chocolate cake.

I used sugar paste for the first time in fifteen years (the last time was for his first birthday cake!). Inspired by a pic in a book, but I added lots of black glittered sugarpaste stars too, as well as spraying it over with edible gold lustre spray. The centrepiece stars should have been edible too, but there wasn't enough time for them to set hard enough, so they were cut from glittered cardstock with my Sizzix. The '16' was sparklers.


And here it is lit:


I think I rolled the sugar paste out a little too thin and it cracked a bit when put over the cake, but I managed to hide most of them with the glittered stars. I'm really proud of my efforts I have to say.

I've told the girls not to get ideas as I'm not going to this much trouble for all three every year! Too stressful (and too expensive!).

The low for the week is that my most treasured father in law has suffered a massive stroke and remains unconscious. This is devastating for our family - any prayers would be appreciated.

10 comments:

April said...

Beautiful cake! Looks too beautiful to eat! You did a great job!

Sue McGettigan said...

Hi Suzanne - what a wonderful cake! I'm glad I'm not the only one with a 16 year old son who won't celebrate his birthday :) Mine turns 17 in a few weeks and he's already told me 'no party, no outings, don't invite friends' - boys!!

Sorry to hear about your FIL, I'll keep him in my prayers.

Cheers,
Sue

Daria said...

Suzanne, I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I'll keep him in my thoughts.

I can just imagine Josh's face when he saw this spectacular cake. He'll never forget it.

Patter Cross said...

Great job on the cake! I am sure it was wonderful! My girls all turned 16 in September. Definitely a great milestone but sad for us moms! Happy Birthday to him!

Cindi (aka iring) said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I will definitely keep him in my prayers. It must have been a stressful week. Your cake sure doesn't show it though! It's awesome! Your son must have loved it! Thanks for putting the link on twopeas.

Anonymous said...

Wow suzanne ,great cake i'm impressed. Hope you and family are all well and sorry to hear about your FIL. Will certainly send some prayers his way.xxx

liannallama said...

your cake is fantastic! I bet it tastes good too! Sorry to hear about your FIL I will be thinking of you this week.

Laura O'Donnell said...

this came out great!

scrappymo! said...

Sorry about your father-in-law.
Your cake is fabulous!

Nikki D said...

You are so talented - not only a fab scrapper but also fabulous cake decorating skills too