This year marks the 2nd year of the now annual Storybake and Story Auction at my local library. Last year, Elizabeth and I both entered the contest and had so much fun! Read about our last year’s entries. The contest asks you to decorate a cake themed for a favorite storybook.
For 2015, Elizabeth and I are sitting this one out and letting Xander have a go. I thought it would be a lot of fun to hold a workshop for people interested in participating in the event.
We offered two times; an after school time and then an evening option on the same day.
Choosing a story is the HARDEST part of this!! I started with a huge selection of books that I had to whittle down to two that we’d make cakes from.
To decide, consider, “How will I represent this book so that someone can tell what book I’ve chosen?” Ask yourself what you’d use to design the image you want to portray. Are you able to make your scene from a combination of frosting and other edibles so that it is clear to the observer what book you have selected. Most importantly, make sure that you select a book that you’ll enjoy making a cake from. With those things in mind, I selected two of my all time favorite childhood books; Frog and Toad all Year by Arnold Lobel and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
Time to Decorate!
Our afternoon class for the Ulysses Philomathic Library Storybake was a large group, comprised mostly of 6th graders. My son is in 6th grade so he was among the attendees. We also had several adults (including my mom), a couple of younger students and some high school students. I was excited because this group would get to select the book they wanted to decorate. We began the class reading Frog and Toad’s book Ice-Cream (the short story I’d selected from the Frog and Toad book) and then leafing through the longer Lorax. After a lot of mind changing during our eyes covered vote, The Lorax squeaked out a victory.
I’d come to class with a baked cake, several icing colors and lots of things to model the figures with. My goal for this class was to teach the participants some decorating tricks as well as some ways to design figures with easy to acquire candies and other grocery items. We had a lot of fun making fish for our pond and talking about our scene. Of course, our afternoon ended with CAKE eating and lots of fun with frosting too!! Here are some pictures from our time together. My favorite part of this class was seeing the awesome Humming Fish that the class created with their orange tootsie rolls and gum paste google eyes!
Assembling our cake
Lots of fun with frosting.
Part of our group around our finished cake.
Evening Class: Frog & Toad
In the evening, we had a 2nd class planned. This group was smaller but also had great energy. And, because it was a smaller group, that meant everyone had extra cake to take home!!
We started by reading the story that we’d be decorating. With The Lorax, I’d made the Lorax character ahead of time, and for Frog and Toad, I’d made Frog and Toad ahead of time. My figure making skills are still in their infancy, so I needed a full hour to make these little guys!! I was happy that they were recognizable to the class. After reading the story, I asked the class what scene they’d pull out from this book. One little girl in the class said she’d select the picture of Frog and Toad enjoying their sweet, cold ice-cream under the big tree. Awesome! That’s exactly the scene I had picked. We added some other parts; the pond, a path that appeared earlier in the book and even some color that wasn’t in the actual story. We talked about our license to embellish – this is a decorating contest to represent a book, but we can put some of our own personality into our design. Our class had a lot of personality and our finished product shows their creativity with sculpting. My favorite part of our cake was our awesome pretzel and tootsie roll tree and the little bird, squirrel, mouse and fish that the class sculpted.
Here are some pictures from our time together.
Posing with our completed Frog and Toad cake
Check out our bird, fish, squirrel, and mouse and our big tree!
If you live in or around Trumansburg, NY I hope you can come out for the 2nd Annual Storybake and Story Auction on Saturday October 24th. It is a fundraiser for the library and the cakes win based on the popular vote. You vote by putting a ticket that you purchase into a cake’s little ballot box. The best part? People WIN the cakes to take home and eat!! There is also an auction with a lot of great things that you can bid on. It is entertainment for the whole family.