A festive cake bunting from the Microcrafts book

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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_bookMicrocrafts: 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.

 

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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.

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I followed the instructions to cut the cardstock into small triangles.

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Then sewed them together into a bunting.

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And tied the bunting ends to bamboo skewers.

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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.

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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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  1. Jenn says

    Oh my goodness, tell me you are not going to torture me by not putting up the recipe for that cake!
    Looks fab!

  2. Elsa says

    The cake looks yummy! By the way, I much preferred when the articles columns was in the center of the page, the asymetrical look disturbs me slightly…

  3. says

    This is a lovely Mirco-Crafts idea! I will definatly use it next time.
    And btw I agreee with Elsa about prefering the column in the centre of the page.

  4. says

    Oh, sorry! Here’s the link to the recipe:
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/german-chocolate-cake-iii/detail.aspx
    I made many changes that were recommended in various reviews though including: doubling the chocolate in the cake, making 1 1/2 times the filling, adding 1/4 tsp salt to the filling, 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.

  5. says

    I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful cake + bunting…and it was AMAZING! Filled with love, and melt-in-the mouth wonderful to eat. Careful with those buntings, tho…they ignite when you light the candles on the cake! A good thing to note, especially if using the bunting on a kids cake. Thank you, Jean!

  6. says

    oooh so cute.. I’ve made mini bunting for cakes from fabric, but the card would sit still better for photo’s :) might have to try that!
    and we have been making german chocolate cake like crazy around here lately.. its the new favourite!

  7. Nancy says

    I did a variation of the bunting by creating triangular flags out of paper and mounted them on bamboo skewers. I wrote Happy Birthday on the flags since the cake was decorated in a way that didn’t make it easy to write it directly on the cake. I suppose you could write on the bunting too.