My Aunt Non (Rhonda) turns Sixty on Easter Sunday! I don’t care if she gets mad that I announced her age, as I will when I turn 60 if I look even half as good as she does!
So Robin (my cousin, Non’s daughter) asked me if I would make a small cake for her birthday party. She was going to make two dozen cupcakes and I was to feed the rest of the expectant 40 guests.
She informed me she loved banana and the decorating colors were aqua blue and red. She left the design up to me.
This cake was harder than most, as Non is the one that taught me everything I know about baking and decorating cakes. She is the master craftswoman! To create a cake for the woman that taught me cakes was an honor.
I decided on baking two 8″ round cakes and one 6″ round cake to go on top. I went with a banana/vanilla blend cake. The 8″ cakes were stacked and iced with banana cream cheese and then covered in aqua tinted marshmallow fondant. The top tier was the same flavor cake but covered in buttercream tinted red and piped as rosettes.
I wrapped a chevron strip red/white ribbon around the base,and placed two large tweed flowers on the side and top. I formed a bow to place on top with the flower to bring it all together.
I then cut aqua fondant flowers to place around the cake, piped a red buttercream center in each one, piped “60” on the bottom tier flower and called it complete.
Non, I love you to pieces and am so excited to spend this Birthday Surprise with you. You have been a blessing to me each and every day of my life. I couldn’t have wished, hoped or been given a better Aunt than the one the Good Lord gave me. I love you!