It's her turn for a party this year (with four children in our family, we take turns with parties!) so we decided on a roller skating party at a nearby skating rink. I found some cute clip art and made her invitations and my daughter asked to have a matching cake.
Lime green and turquoise are her favorite colors, so I made sure to use them on the cake. You may not be able to see, but the skating kids are actually on rolled fondant! I rolled the fondant about 1/4 inch thick, then used the pattern transfer technique to copy the clip art. I customized the clip art, changing one of the characters from a boy to a girl, and I changed their clothing. The characters are drawn with royal icing, using the same technique I use for decorating cookies----piping the outline with medium icing, then flooding-in with thin icing. I made the fondant topper several days ago so the royal icing would have time to dry. Once the cake was baked, cooled, and frosted I set the fondant topper gently onto the cake and piped a border around it with buttercream.
We're looking forward to the roller skating party tomorrow with 20 of my daughter's friends!