Here's the thing I've learned about making Bar and Bat Mitzvah cakes, (kinda the hard way):
☆ Make sure up front that boy or girl receiving the cake is on-board with the basic idea of the cake. This is a cake that was supposed to be a big Sand Castle cake. It turned into a stack of Gift Boxes Cake when the birthday girl caught wind of the sandcastle idea about a week before the event...(which is not unlike my story about the cake that was supposed to be a Snow Globe that turned into a Lord of the Rings Cake)
So, scrap the sandcastle advance work, take a deep breath, and figure out an arrangement of boxes that has some playfulness and energy. After scavenging every box I could get my hands on and several failed attempts, here is our model:
and then, my favorite part, details, details, details:
Patti Paige and I worked on the cake together for about a week.