i baked the practice cake for my nephews 1st birthday on Sunday. it was baked in a dome-shaped cake pan, but you can also use a glass or metal bowl. it's just a simple yellow cake. wrapped it up and stuck it in the fridge (this is to test if it still tastes good after refrigeration since, due to time constraints, i hope i can bake the cake on Friday and then decorate it on Sunday).
tonight i finally got around to potting up the dahlias purchased thus far-gives them a little head start. this is the tuber of "peaches and cream"-there is a little start in the top center (sort of pinkish spike) and a second just to the right of it.
"peaches and cream" on the left, "sky angel" on the right-probably the most insipidly named things i will ever plant. love the looks of them, though.
and the chocolate buttercream (I'm going through butter like crazy this week. I'm talking pounds and pounds!).
cut about an inch off the bottom to level it out, then sliced across again to fill with buttercream, then frosted all over.