Elmo turned out to be one of my favs. The red was a little hard, but soon realized with time the color darkens, I wish I would have known that earlier. I used a 1/4 jar of color paste!! LOL. Next time I will prepare colors the day before. He was definately a challenge and must have taken 3 hours to ice, if not 4! I've got the hang of the SMBC and can now whip it up in a jiffy, even with my junky electric hand beater!
John Deere, this was so fun to build! I actually spent less time on this one than Elmo. The cake seemed to sculpt really well and didn't crumble too much. I used a lot of scewers to brace it because it needed to be transported and taken to a pool party, didn't want it to melt!! I feel the colors came out really nice and the shape looked very tractor-like, I actually impressed myself. I can't even draw a tractor, never mind carve one from cake, but I did it. YAY!! The icing was very difficult to get smooth on here, but my small offset spatula helped, I used to use this jumbo one which really sucked!!
When it came around to the castle cake, I just started wearing out. I now know never make 3 cakes in 2 days, just too much!! My time was closing in and I still hadn't decorated the castle, so a quick job had to be done. Jade was still very happy and it tasted oh so good, but I am not personally satisfied with it. Next time, I will schedule more time and try to get it smoother and more even. I'd also like to try making more of a flower garden around it, I think this would add so much to the princess castle look.