The glory of a great theme and not over-thinking

I love a good theme every once in a while. Maybe even all of the time. I love working with a focused idea because my mind works on direction. When clients tell me to have free reign on the design of their cakes (granted, most of my cakes are floral designs), I usually create a simple theme for myself so that I don't lose focus on what I'm trying to accomplish. I find that the most frustrating thing about the happenings of my brain is that I have too many ideas bouncing around in my head. Consequently, those ideas and thoughts get muddled together and I end up losing the point. Only the good LAWD knows I tend to want to give up on something the moment I start to realize that I've lost direction, so to me, themes are good and beneficial and overall OKAY with me!

I found this cake to be one of the most enjoyable cake designs I have done in a really long time. I mean, don't get me wrong, ALL the cakes I end up making are an enjoyable process and I LOVE constructing floral cakes, but there's something about working off of a cool theme that really exercises the creative juices in me. I also love to work simply and cleanly, so the tribal theme of this cake was really up my alley. I don't like too much clutter and I definitely wasn't about to over-complicate this cake, so the fact that mama had a theme made it that much easier for me to plan and decorate.

As you can see from the picture, there is an adorable little topper that I would describe as a Teepee. But, after reviewing what an actual Teepee looks like, I realized it is merely a blanket in the shape of a cone. Luckily, it didn't seem to matter because it's cute and it works and it's made out of fondant, and if you know anything about me, I'm not a huge fan of fondant. Mainly because I'm just plain bad at it. Also, I hate making it. Kudos to those who are SUPER great at it because I only wish to love it just as much as other people, but as I've mentioned before: I'm strait up lazy and also don't like to make a mess. I hate how messy it is to make (for me), and I don't enjoy that it makes me work the muscles in my hands because I don't want muscular hands. I want dainty feminine hands. And now that I've said it, I realize in middle school I used to brag about how the one muscle in-between my thumb and index finger on my dominant hand was super hard and muscular and badass. I was stupid. Boy how I've grown and boy how I wish I never bragged about it because now I'm left with a right hand that is quite ugly compared to my left hand. But, I digress, because I'm actually quite proud of myself that I even attempted to make and use fondant, even if it was for a simple little topper.

Anywho, all this to say, I love themes. I also love creative 돌 Dol (first birthday) cakes, so shout-out to the Mama with the perfect idea for a tribal themed cake!

ENJOY!