July 31, 2018 · 8:00 am
This cake almost didn’t get made.
Levi said he wanted an “orange cake, yellow inside, with orange candles.”
I was trying to convince him to have ice cream cones instead of cupcakes (no baking needed!) when he told me his cake desires.
I checked that he didn’t maybe mean cupcakes??
Then, about a week before his party he told me he wanted a taco cake. *sigh*
Pinterest had a few different versions but I had to kind of combine the ideas to get what I had in mind.
I made 2 cakes and cut them both in half. I added frosting between them and once it had set a bit I turned them on their sides and frosted them with a crumb coat. Then I did a smooth frost of taco shell yellow frosting on just the outsides of the tacos and along the edges.
After the frosting had set up a little I moved them carefully to a cake board. It wasn’t really big enough so I had to put the tacos close together.
I piped brown “meat” buttercream near the bottom of the taco and then swirled it with the tip of s fork to add texture. Next I added lettuce with a leaf tip and green buttercream. I added layers in different directions and of different lengths to make it look more full and realistic.
Lastly I added cheese and tomatoes with buttercream. I tried to be as random as I could to make it look more realistic.
To cut the cake I just sliced it straight down from the top. After he’d blown out his candles of course. 😁
You can see the rest of the party here and the taco cookies I made here.
July 25, 2018 · 8:00 am
I shared my son’s taco birthday party here. But I wanted to do a special post for just the cookies themselves.
These were SO fun to make!
I used a crinkle edged circle cutter, then cut them in half with my spatula.
I outlined in buttercream and filled the tacos with “taco shell yellow” glacé which I made by mixing Wilton buttercup and golden yellow.
For the speckles I used this technique for splattering brown food coloring. Some of them got a little too speckled but in the end it just made them all unique!
Once the shells were dry I added buttercream “meat” brown blobs.
I alternated the blobs with leafy green buttercream stars. All of my leaf tips were way too big for these cookies, so the star tip was the next best thing.
Lastly I added the cheese and tomatoes with orange and red buttercream.
Because I wanted to present the cookies as “pantloads,” I wanted them wrapped individually and carefully so that you could see the tacos clearly. I cut the bags short and taped them down the back.
I love how these turned out! So simple yet so detailed and cute!
July 10, 2018 · 8:00 am
My little dude just turned 3 and we had a taco themed party!
He’s obsessed with food. Anytime we go to a party I ask him later what his favorite part was and he always says “the food.” Even if it’s lame greasy pizza. Even if there was a bounce house and pony rides and face painting and balloon animals. Food always wins.
He also loves the book Dragons Love Tacos. We morphed it a bit and left out the dragons, but otherwise pulled a lot of ideas from the book. We made the invitations look like mini books. Here are a couple pages from his invitation:
We had plenty of real tacos (beef and chicken – like the invite), with all the toppings in buckets (buckets of tacos!). There was also a taco cake and taco cookies (pantloads of tacos). I even made a boat for the table!
(I will be doing a separate post on the Taco Cookies. These were so fun to make!)
I found some cool taco floaties (here and here) for the pool which really tied together the taco pool party.
I made favor bags to match the Taco Cave bags from the book, which had a few goodies and also held the candy from the taco pinata.
Levi had a blast. He’s still talking about his taco birthday party days later!
We all had taco shirts for the party – though it was so hot we spent the whole time in the pool so no one saw them!
Levi’s orange shirt was custom made by my friend at SpillTheBeansEtc. Carter’s green shirt is from OliviaandAugust. The little pink shirt on Audrey was customized into a onesie by BayouCityThreads (best customer service everrrr). My shirt is from LiftHerUpCo and Travis’ is from Target.