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Birthday cake

The birthday party with friends (as opposed to the one with grandparents, and the one at home with family) for my younger niece is tomorrow, at an indoor rock-climbing facility. Tonight we started on the birthday cake--really a birthday brownie.

Using the rock-climbing theme, we found an action figure of Tori Allen, who is, apparently, a famous female climber. (This is not a sport I have any exposure to.) The idea is to pose the doll on top of the cake as if she's climbing, and then put small candies to be handholds and footholds. I talked the niece into the brownie instead of cake so we didn't have to worry about the doll sinking into the cake.

So, we picked out a turtle brownie mix and baked it in a 13x9 inch pan. Made sour cream ganache with good bittersweet chocolate to use as frosting (yes, I'm planning to have a piece of this, why do you ask?) and frosted it. Tomorrow before the party we'll do the decorating: put the doll on top, add candy handholds, some Twizzler strands for climbing rope, etc. The doll comes with a climbing rope, but I figure while the doll itself can be washed, the rope might not survive contact with ganache.

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