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#GoldilocksDYChristmas: Felizia The Snow Woman (Because Why Is It Always Snowman Anyway?)

When my friend Nicky asked me if I had any interest in decorating a Goldilocks cake, I said yes with zero hesitation – Goldilocks had sponsored a cooking show of mine a few years back and I am pretty well-acquainted with the product. I remembered it to be a really fun thing to do. And who says no to cake?

What I didn’t realize was that it’s a competition called Goldilocks Decorate Your Christmas with Goldilocks gift certificates at stake. What I thought would be a mindless good time now stirred something fierce and Godzilla-esque in me. It happens when words like “contest” and “prizes” are thrown around. So here’s the Christmas Decorate-Your-Cake kit that was sent to me:

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A blank canvas of a frosted yellow sponge cake and all the fun trimmings to decorate. A closer look at the assorted colored icing, sprinkles, and cake toppers in the form of pointsettia, holly, Christmas stars and balls:

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So pretty and fun! I popped all the icing in the fridge to firm them up a little bit (I think this makes them easier to work with) and browsed online for inspiration. I decided on a snowman theme because I thought the white round cake was a perfect starting point. It also seemed doable with the decorating materials on hand.

I used Christmas stars for eyes (purple, a la Liz Taylor) and a Christmas ball for a nose (red, like how you look flushed when staying out in the cold). And I know I said snowman but what I really had in mind was a snow woman because no one ever says snow woman and why is that? I gave her plump pink lips by piping on pink icing. Hey, say that five times!

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It ended up looking like chapped lips. And I smudged a bit of the cake frosting with my hand and as you can see it kind of looks like dry skin. Chapped lips and dry skin are all very winter-y and Christmas-y, I suppose. Just keeping it all in theme, kids.

And then I realized that my cake was gonna be a piping-heavy one. This is akin to that Top Chef contestant who makes a dish he’s never made before during a Quickfire challenge – it is ridiculous and nonsensical because the first time I piped cream cheese frosting onto cupcakes it looked like spaghetti poop and not much has changed since. Painful evidence:

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Give me an A for ATROCIOUS.

But it was too late now. I couldn’t start from scratch without obviously ruining some of the frosting. Besides, I had even given her a name (Felizia) and it felt wrong to scrape off her face. I decided to commit and pipe her a pretty beanie.

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I gave her beanie a pointsettia accent.

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And finished off with sprinkles that are obviously supposed to be sequins, duh.

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The real piping challenge however was writing on the side of the cake. Very tricky! But I also found it strangely therapeutic to do.

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That seemed like something a snow woman would say.

And make sure to include cake!

And make sure to include cake!

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How unfortunate, (s)no?

Whew! And so I present to you my finished cake called Felizia The Snow Woman (Because Why Is It Always Snowman Anyway?). I think it is a remarkable display of creativity, use of materials, and focused theme (the criteria for judging, HARHARHAR) as well as my personal feminist slant on things.

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Thank you for including me in this super fun activity, Goldilocks! I am fully expecting my GCs in the mail. Merry Christmas! ❤

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