Last year, we were introduced to Fancy Nancy at Ella's Castle Birthday Party. Two of Ella's friends thought that the Fancy Nancy books were just right for her! Nancy is a girl who LOVES to dress up and be fancy...just like my Ella. And funnily enough, Nancy's mom is NOT fancy...and usually, neither am I. So, it wasn't a surprise when Ella said that she wanted a Fancy Nancy Birthday Party this year.
There are several Fancy Nancy books out there, but we chose to find our inspiration in Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire!
To make this cake, I used:
- A basic white cake mix (baked in two circle pans)
- 5 Minute Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- McCormick Assorted Neon Food Coloring & Egg Dye (I found this on clearance after Easter one year -- it has bright pink, purple, green and blue)
- Cardboard Cake Board
- Sweetened Flake Coconut
- Graham Cracker Crumbs
- Snowflake Decors (I used white ones to resemble flowers. Cake-Mate makes some pastel colored ones.)
- Green Sugar Decorating Crystals
- #5 Glitter Candle (from Target in the party section -- only $1!)
- Fancy Nancy & Bree Decorations (I printed the book cover art from the computer, taped to toothpicks and backed by cardstock for strength)
I dyed the remaining frosting bright green and spread a light "crumb coat" over the cake, and then chilled it for about 10 minutes. While it chilled, I made the "grass" by mixing a teaspoon of water and a few drops of green food coloring in a ziploc baggie. Then, I added some shredded coconut and mixed it together until the coconut was green. When the crumb coat on the cake was set, I put a thicker, swirling coat of frosting on. I created a "path" and "planter mound" with the graham cracker crumbs and trimmed the edges with snowflake "flowers". I added the coconut grass on the green frosting and added some green sugar decorating crystals for extra pizzazz. Then, to finish it off, I added Bree and Nancy to the path and the #5 Candle in the mound.
Voila! A Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire Cake! (Forgive the flash...it makes the cake appear far more yellow than it did in real-life and harder to see the grass!)
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