Happy Birthday, Dad!

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This weekend my siblings and I celebrated our father’s birthday! I set out to make a cake that would both outdo the fish cake I made him a few years ago and reflect his love of the ocean and his boat to celebrate. To begin, my sister and I made these blue ombre ruffles out of four different shades of azure blue fondant to resemble waves.

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The plan was to make a cake topper that looked just like his boat. But when it came out like this, we quickly changed our minds:

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Yeah. Not cute. Instead of using our sad excuse for a boat on our beautiful ruffled cake, I cut out a circle of fondant and pressed letters into it, using edible gold shimmer dust to make the words stand out. Gold and blue is pretty nautical, right? Another cake, another lesson- flexibility is key!

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As my dad was watching us assemble the cake, I could tell he was questioning the ruffles- they were un peu feminine, I will give him that- but I think the end result is fitting for either a birthday boy or a birthday girl. It was the perfect dessert for his birthday celebration at the beach!

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Happy birthday, Dad! Thanks for sitting through all of those Backstreet Boys concerts back in the day.

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