Happy Leap Day Brownies!

What a fun day!  Happy Leap Day!  Here's a treat you can make in honor of this day--frogs do leap...
Last leap day I decided to make some brownies from a mix and add a cute frog made out of frosting on the top.  You can find inspiration for cake decorating in many different places.  This frog came from an Ed Emberley drawing book.  I can't free-hand draw a frog by myself, but when I follow a simple drawing guide like those in Ed Emberley's books it isn't too difficult.  He shows you how to draw people, animals, trucks, and other objects by breaking them down in to simpler lines and shapes.  You could look for his books at the library or in the usual places you find books! 

There are wonderful tutorials available online that show you how to cut out cakes and make them into various shapes and sizes--that's great if you have a lot of time!  A simple alternative would be to draw (with frosting) the thing on top of a regular shaped cake--like this frog on top of the brownies.  An even easier idea would be to add plastic toy frogs (or other jumping animals) to the top of cupcakes or cakes.

When my son wanted a dinosaur cake a few years ago I did the "easy" version of a dinosaur cake...
This has a 9x13 cake for the base with a volcano made from cake baked in small bowls.  It is frosted all over with chocolate butter-cream frosting.  I washed and dried some dinosaurs from our toy animal collection and added them to the top.  Some thin red frosting became the hot lava. 

From the family cookbook:
For cake decorating ideas, check out books at the library, look at cake decorating websites, or go to a bakery and look at their cakes. Make your own specialty cake pans out of cardboard, foil, and tape. You can cover strips of cardboard from a cereal box with foil. Bake a cake in an oven-safe bowl or round casserole dish to make a soccer ball, basketball or baseball. Try adding tinted coconut around the base to create grass. Add toys, candy, pictures or even photographs to your cake. For a baby shower, add pacifiers or rattles. Add decorated sugar cookies or frosted animal cookies.

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  1. Those Leap Year brownies are so cute! I wonder if one of my kids would want to make that for a treat tonight.

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