Today Show How-To

Kathie Lee: Part 2

As promised, we figured we'd revisit our Kathie Lee cake project to explain a bit about putting it all together.

The big 2-foot-by-2-foot cake was a great challenge for us. In a way, it was more like architecture than decorating.

We started at the bottom--with 2 layers of sheet cake 24 inches square. The "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" was rolled out from SPICE DROPS. We cut out the letters with an ALPHABET COOKIE CUTTER.

The second "champagne" tier is actually four layers of cake. We made the champagne glasses from CLOUD CAKES coated in yellow chocolate. The stems were made from PIROUETTE COOKIES with VANILLA WAFER bases. The bubbles came from a combo of SweetWorks Celebration candies: SIXLETS, MINI GUMBALLS and PEARLS.

The orange frosted tier is covered by WHITE CHOCOLATE DISCS with the names of Kathie Lee's favorite things.

The small blue tier at the top features microphones made from JOY MINI ICE CREAM CONES and DUNKIN MUNCHKINS coated with sprinkles.

The portrait of Kathie Lee is a cookie painted with ROYAL FROSTING. Karen used her own very Kathie Lee-like hair as the model.

The candle at the very top is a PIROUETTE WAFER COOKIE dipped in yellow chocolate with an orange chocolate stripe and topped by a yellow SPICE DROP flame with an ORANGE BANANA CANDY center.

Easy as that. : )

Actually, it took us two whole days. But it was worth it.

Happy Giant Cake-making,

Karen and Alan


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  • September 28, 2013 Maureen Ouellette wrote:
    Amazing!! Great job! Well worth the time it took. I'll bet Kathy Lee loved it.
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    1. December 9, 2013 hellocupcakeblog wrote:
      Thanks! We could have used some help carrying that monster sized cake to the TODAY Show set!
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  • September 29, 2013 Joan Ouellette wrote:
    Karen you never cease to amaze me.
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  • November 11, 2013 Geraldine Mabel wrote:
    Despite my terrible baking skills I am a sweet-toothThe recipe are easy and great for a girl for me. Thanks again for the recipe and tips on decorating
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    1. December 9, 2013 hellocupcakeblog wrote:
      Hi Geraldine,

      Hello, Cupcake! recipes are so easy and so much fun that you will never say "terrible baking skills" again! The best part is the big surprise when your friends and family guess what kind of candy you used for your design!

      All the best,
      Alan and Karen

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