Ladies and Gentlemen... meet George!
[With apologies to JFK, Jr. and the now defunct "George" magazine]
The Tulsa Cake Club meets every second Tuesday of the month at All Things Cake, the best cake supply shop in Tulsa. It is a gathering of people (all women and girls right now) who like to bake and decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. Some are professionals, some, like me, aren't. We have demonstrations, club news updates, suggestions for charitable giving of cakes or cupcakes, door prizes, snacks, etc.
This month's demonstration was on modeling fondant. Club member Diane Bewley was our demonstrator. She makes the most amazing fondant pieces to decorate her cakes and she is completely self-taught! Each person received a small lump of fondant, a piece of dried spaghetti, a toothpick, and a cotton swab. Diane showed us how to make a baby out of the fondant. I defied convention and made a bunny, complete with buck teeth and a bow tie. I thought George turned out pretty well for my first time modeling a figure, considering I only spent about 15 minutes on him. (By the way, those are not polka dots on his head. It's a reflection of the overhead lights.)
George is named in honor of the Looney Tunes cartoon, in which the abominable snowman (à la Lon Chaney's characterization of Lennie from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck) refers to Bugs Bunny, and says, "I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him." Thanks to Jennifer Schooley Bengel for reminding me about that cartoon classic!