This is a cake I delivered to a friend a week ago for her birthday. German chocolate cake with a tiny festive bunting to top it off. I wish I could take credit for the bunting idea, but no. I found it in a new craft book called Microcrafts that was sent to me by the publisher, Quirk Books.
Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share is full of sweet little craft projects such as one-inch books, teensy felted cats, tiny temporary tattoos, small cards, miniature party hats, and cute teddy bears in matchbox beds. Each craft was designed by a different contributor so there is quite a range of styles and ideas. Everything from sewing, papercrafts, and clay is represented.
I wanted a fun topper for my friend’s birthday cake, so decided to try the bunting, designed by Nadia Marks Wojcik (she has a lot of great miniature bunting versions on her blog). I used paint chips for the cardstock and went with oranges, reds, and yellows for fall.
I followed the instructions to cut the cardstock into small triangles.
Then sewed them together into a bunting.
And tied the bunting ends to bamboo skewers.
Pretty nifty. I love this idea and will do it again for future birthday cakes. And perhaps try another microcraft for a b-day gift…
If you’d like your own copy of Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share, you can purchase it on Amazon as well as your local independent bookstore.
Disclosure: A review copy of Microcrafts was given to me by Quirk Books; all views expressed are my own.
Update: Here’s the link to the recipe for the german chocolate cake. I made many of the changes that were recommended in various reviews including: doubling the chocolate in the cake, making 1 1/2 times the filling, adding 1/4 tsp salt to the filling to bring out the flavor, and toasting the coconut and pecans first before adding to the filling. Also, it’s important to bring the filling to a gentle boil as you stir it or it won’t thicken properly. And to prepare the cake pans to get the cake out easily, I greased the pans, then added parchment paper, greased the paper, then dusted with flour.
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