So I was ridiculously excited when one of Andrew's old friends from high school connected with me via facebook (don't you love how the internet works sometimes?!) and requested a Frozen cake for her daughter's 4th birthday.
I immediately took to Pinterest to see what was out there. It's harder than you might think to recreate a familiar character out of sugar dough, so I knew I needed to keep it pretty simple, kind of along these lines. No handmade Anna and Elsa characters from this girl, I'm not that good. (I mean, seriously, LOOK at this cake! That is made out of sugar!)
After some discussion, we netted out on a small (6-inch) cake for their small (6-person) party, with a handmade fondant Olaf on top, flanked by store-bought Anna and Elsa figurines. Surely we could find a couple of cheap and cheerful figurines at Toys R Us to top off the cake, no problem.
Store-bought toys from the biggest animated film of all time?
Nothing at Toys R Us. Nothing at Target. Wal-Mart. Even the Disney Store was stocked out! Apparently people are paying thousands of dollars on eBay for Frozen stuff.
Disney really hit this movie out of the park, but it seems like no one in their supply chain got the memo.
Anyway, with no Anna and Elsa to steal the spotlight, Olaf was free to revel in his own personal flurry, all on his own!
Frozen madness notwithstanding, my favorite thing about this cake is that it is totally for a little girl. Underneath that fondant ice and snow lies glossy pink strawberry buttercream (and the scent of strawberry oil wafting through my kitchen was mesmerizing).
The lighting is a bit dark, but here's the cake, just before I laid on the blue fondant: