When I decided to go up to New York to visit my family this year, I knew from the last visit I had to do something special and memorable with my great nieces. We always do a cooking project of some kind the make great memories. Something they would be able to pass on to their children someday. I decided to make doll cakes just like I made for their moms when they were little. I made them this time using the tips from a very good friend and blogger. Being it was Halloween I saw this great doll cake made by Kelli Davidson from Kelli's Kitchens! Check out her site it's amazing and she helped me make a great memory with my nieces with her ideas that will be etched in their minds for years to come! Thank you Kelli for letting our family get together using your easy techniques we loved the project and it was so perfect for the girls to do this!
My two great nieces in the front Samantha and Adriana had a blast making the cakes. My niece Pamela Colenzo Ward is in the back left this is her home we did the project in and she cooked a great dinner for us all making rigatoni alfredo which was awesome. My son Chad Iffert next to her he was thrilled to be home with the family and my niece Mary Colenzo Guarascio who rolled out those pumpkin heads using rice krispie treats and tootsie rolls. My great nephew Vincent Ward made a graveyard cake with leftover cake batter from the doll cakes. Ryan my great nephew got me safely to this great family event from the airport, thanks Ryan! Everyone had something to contribute in making our day very special. You all made this day so special!
Of course the day wouldn't be complete without a toast to our reunion right girls and guys? I love cooking with the family they are memories that will last a lifetime! The wine was from their dad Luke Colenzo he lives in Florida.
This made my trip complete love you all so happy we got to bake together with the kids!
(If you would like to make the cakes above here is what you will need:)
1- 4 cup glass measuring cup
1 cake mix made to package instructions any flavor
1 can of colored store bought frosting
sprinkles of choice
dolls bought from the dollar store that come apart at the waist ( you will only need from the waist up)
For the witch. I made a chocolate cake using cake batter poured into the 4 cup glass measuring cup to the 3 cup mark heavily greased with lard. After baking this to package instructions, I immediately dumped it onto wax paper to cool completely. After it cooled I used store bought purple frosting. Bought the ribbon from a local dollar store. Wrapped the top with Halloween ribbon and taped it on with clear tape. My niece said to hot glue it.
I cut a piece and made a hat for the doll's head and taped that in the back to hold together.
I put the popsicle stick in the center of the doll's waist. Insert that to the middle of the cake.
Frost and decorate to whatever theme you like. I am sure you will get creative!
For the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness doll cake:
I did the same thing as above baking the cake in the 4 cup glass mixing cup following the same directions. After it was cooled I used pink frosting, pink sparkle sprinkles and used the symbols found to accent the doll's hair tie and from the waist up dress with the breast cancer sign I found shoe laces that worked perfectly.
This is what we took home wrapped up in our suitcases back to Florida. Plus pusties, cannoli and half moons is what my hometown is famous for. No better little Italy in the world but #uticanewyork
More Halloween idea's?
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