When I taught high school in New York City, the website ratemyteachers.com was wildly popular, and I checked my rating obsessively. I also read each and every comment, and there was one I will never forget. It read: “Good teacher, not as cool as she thinks she is.” Ouch. It stung. Bad. It probably hurt the most because there was some truth to it: I thought I was pretty cool. And, truth be told, I still do.
I’m happy to report that I’ve redeemed myself with this cake. I often share photos of my cakes on cakecentral.com, and someone posted the following comment about the pom pom cake below: “Omigosh. This cake is so cool that you must be cool, too. Yes, it’s that cool. ”
And this is the cake. I used 1″ and 1 1/2″ styrofoam balls, but you could easily make them out Rice Crispy treats. I watered down some pastillage until it formed a paste, and used it to cover the balls with white nonpareils . Although you can buy colored nonpareils, the colors are very limited. To achieve the custom colors needed to match the invitation, I mixed white airbrush color with purple for the lavender and with green and a hint of yellow for the light green. I actually thread the ribbon through each ball using a large needle and tied a small knot at the bottom of the ribbon to secure it.