Baking Date: July 5, 2013
This year, my maternal grandmother’s family had a reunion. The siblings were Maguire, Violet (my grandmother), Jane, Martha, Anna, Jack and Joe.
While none of the siblings from my grandmother’s generation are still alive, Joe’s wife Billie is still with us — an amazingly sharp, adventurous and strong lady at 91! And this is a family who can pro-create like no one’s business. These are the descendants from just my great uncle Maguire (Mac) Mattingly:
For the reunion, each branch of the family was asked to provide food in a specific area. My mother let the Violet Mattingly branch know that because a certain someone (ahem, that’d be me) was constantly posting her homemade treats on Facebook, our branch had been designated desserts.
I decided to make the Mattingly family crest design on a cake. But perhaps I should have checked into what the crest actually looked like before I bragged that I would do that. Because this is the family crest:
So I decided in the interest of time and my sanity, I would focus on the center coat of arms and the lettering. I printed out the lettering and taped a piece of wax paper over it. I then used chocolate melts and piped them onto the wax paper over the font.
I made a marble cake in a square pan (I used the middle sized pan in this group). This pan uses 2 box mixes worth of batter. I iced the cake using buttercream frosting and then piped on the coat of arms using sparkle gel frosting in red, white and blue. I outlined it in black. I outlined the base of the cake with a star decorating tip using the buttercream frosting.
I then placed the letters on the cake. And here’s what the final product looked like:
But I wasn’t done there. I decided that what would be needed is the real coat of arms for the Mattingly family. So I made this cake – devil’s food with buttercream icing, sparkle gel frosting in white, red, black and gold to create the design and buttercream frosting dyed red around the top and bottom edges of the cake:
Food, family and fun. It doesn’t get much better than that.