I’ve always wanted to make a Noah’s Ark cake.
But the thought of spending five billion centuries modeling all of the animals that would need to be included in order to make it as cute as I’d want it to be, has always made my brain hurt.
So I never went for it.
But when my BFF planned out the date for her baby girl’s dedication at their church, my brain decided to suck it up and make Noah’s Ark into a delicious reality.
(Remember Gina, who has three boys and then “stopped” creating babies nine years ago but now has her “whoopsies!” little girl? Yeah, “stopped” didn’t work so well.
But then again, maybe it worked out better than she thought. 🙂 )
I still couldn’t afford the five-billion-centuries animal making extravaganza though, so I was bent on finding a simpler, less time consuming (but still super cute) solution.
And I knew it would be all about the inspiration photos I picked.
The first thing I always do when searching for inspiration is to look (usually online via Google search or a Pinterest search, entering in a key word or two) for a photo that “speaks” to me.
So in this case, I was looking for a Noah’s Ark illustration that drew me in and made me want to stop and look at it longer.
The thing is, we’re often so very busy with the goings-on of life, and with all of the info and data we have access to these days there are SOO many options to choose from in our online search results.
So we sometimes “just pick one and get out” from being so overwhelmed.
BUT the reality is that not every Noah’s Ark picture that pops up is cute. Or at least, not SUPER cute. Some of them are just… fine.
But if I’m going to spend my time and energy on creating something which will most likely include blood, sweat and tears, (errr, none of which will touch the thing I’m creating though ’cause EWWW), “fine” isn’t quite good enough.
It should dang well be SUPER cute… or stunning… or speak to people enough to get them to stop and look at it.
But this time, I needed to find “simple” as well… ’cause while I’m totally committed to the super cuteness factor… I’m not wanting to BE committed after losing my ever loving mind, spending days and nights recreating two of each of the animals of the world.
Knaw I’m sayin’?
Luckily, I quickly found an inspiration photo that fit the bill.
So I printed it out to the actual size I wanted the animals to be, and went to work.
And while modeling by hand the heads of twelve animals will never be the very quickest of endeavors, I’m happy to say that after just a few Snickers bars down the pipe, I walked away with my sanity intact (Thomas seems to find that ridiculously funny… no idea why) and even time to get ready properly for the party.
Noah’s Ark cake in less than five billion centuries and (hopefully) still super cute…DONE. Xx
Some work in progress photos:
Carved cake, covered in white chocolate ganache and then modeling chocolate.
More carved cake, covered in vanilla buttercream and then modeling chocolate.
My round cutter set is indispensable to my happiness.
Love my woodgrain impression mat, too.
Petal dusts bring everything to life.
Don’t know if Noah had any hay on board, but if he did, I’m pretty sure it didn’t taste like buttercream.
Point, McGreevy. 😉
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