For a few weeks before my brother's birthday, I had his cake in the back of my mind. I have pages of
The first cake I worked on was the shoe - the most challenging in terms of design. But I was grateful I only had to make one, as opposed to two like these MJ tip-toe shoes I made last month. I wanted to recreate these basketball shoes my brother loves. They are the Concept 1 APL (Athletic Propulsion Labs) shoes.
This particular shoe come in a range of colours. As much as I wanted to make the neon green version, I decided to go with my sister-in-law Kat's suggestion of doing the red one (also because my brother is a Heat's fan, so had to incorporate the colour red in there somewhere). I had to use my friend Google in order to create this. I searched for different angles, as challenging as it is turning 2D into 3D, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Now, if I had more time I would have spent it on the details, such as the texture of the shoes, the height, the finish, etc etc. But time was very limited, and sleep was none, so I had to just do what I could as best I could. And although it didn't turn out EXACTLY as the pic, I'm still very pleased with the outcome.
Note: The next series of shots were taken at the restaurant as I didn't have enough time to take them at home.
Now, for the rest of the cake, I decided to do a basketball hoop with a faux basketball on top. I originally wanted to carve out a ball from cake, but time didn't quite allow for that to happen. But, what I ended up with was still pretty awesome. Sure the basketball could have been better executed, but I didn't have enough time.
Gosh, that always seems to be the case when it comes to these more complex cakes I tackle. I do try to manage my time the best I can, but sometimes it doesn't go according to plan. The main thing is not to feel defeated, but to simply go with it and do the best you can with what ya got and the time you have in your hands.
Now, this single (and biggish) cupcake (which is actually a cake carved to resemble a cupcake) is very special. It is for my brother ONLY - not for sharing. It is also a specialty flavour, banoffee, which he loves.
So, there you have it! My brother's thirtieth birthday cake! Or cakes! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as my family enjoyed eating the cakes. Have a wonderful day! Come back tomorrow for more sweetness!