Raleigh is the big 2-6.  He's makin' me feel old :) This year, we kept the birthday pretty low-key.  But, I still made him a cake....Star Wars themed!!!!  I'll be honest here - it was a rush job...I had four hours to ice, cover it with fondant, and decorate before we went to dinner that evening.  It isn't as polished as I would like it to be, but the end result was still pretty cool.  Here's how it turned out:

Below are the steps I took to complete it in four hours.  If you want to know the recipes for the cake, icing, and fondant, click here.

Dirty Ice: so much easier with the home-made buttercream!

Rolling out the fondant:

This can be sticky so make sure to put plenty of confectioner's sugar on your surface and your rolling pin.

Covering the cake with fondant:

Once the fondant is rolled out, roll it up on your rolling pin and then unroll it over your cake.  You will need to trim the excess and then smooth out the fondant on the cake to prevent bubbles and tears.

Adding some contrast....this is my new favorite cake toy!

The color mist was the perfect effect for this cake; making it look like a dark Star Wars night.  So much fun to use!!!!

Making his name look like the Star Wars font:

As you can see, I printed off his name on the computer using the Star Wars font and then cut out the inside of the letters.

Then, I traced the letters with some buttercream using my #12 round/letters point:

Extra-special decorating details:

I found these Star Wars cookie cutters at Williams-Sonoma and used them to cut out the shapes in fondant.

Cake decorating has been a fun experience.  I have so much respect for the professionals because there is so much work involved with creating these pieces of yummy art.

We celebrated Raleigh's birthday Mexican-style with some of our friends.  Needless to say, we took up all the high chairs in the restaurant!

On Sunday, we went to the pool and the girls were so tired they fell asleep in my lap.  Talk about having too much fun in the sun!

Maralee and Adeline love the pool!

All in all, it was a fun birthday weekend hanging out with our friends in Montgomery.  We are so thankful for their friendships and for celebrating special occasions like this with us!!!!

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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