Strawberry Shortcake grows up

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As a child of the 80s I used to play with all sorts of girly things: My Little Pony, Carebears, Rainbow Bright, and yes, Strawberry Shortcake.  In fact, I still have some of those figurines and I’m amazed that after 20 years, they still smell like their fruit.  How do they do that?

Anyway, so far in my experience here at Zingerman’s, anytime we’ve had to make something “Strawberry Shortcake themed” it’s been in reference to what I now know is “the 80s” Strawberry Shortcake.

That’s right, she, and all her friends, have been “reimagined” for the 21st century.  Everyone except her cat (yes, even her dog) look different.  And yes, I did research.  Apparently she has a cellphone, wears a smidgen of lipstick, and now prefers fresh fruit over gumdrops.  I don’t even remember gumdrops...but if they say so.  And of course, there’s the look itself.  No more bloomers or Shirley Temple ringlets; she’s got a short skirt and tights and layers of straight hair.  She is officially a trendy girl.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s cute, but I guess I’m a purist at heart.

Okay, back to the point of this blog.  The reason why all of this was discovered is because we designed a Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday cake for one our of “regulars.”  We always make figurines for their cakes because they save them, so we had to know what these new characters looked like.  So along with Ms. Shortcake are her (also trendy) friends Blueberry Muffin and Lemon Meringue and her cat Custard and dog Pupcake.  Katie did an awesome job of recreating them as well as the cake as a whole.  The cake itself is pink velvet and Strawberry Shortcake’s house is topped off with some extra strawberries, flowers, curly green vines, and a very girly “4”.  While I may stay a purist with the characters, this cake was pretty much one of the most adorable cakes I’ve seen.

Happy Birthday Luna!  Can’t wait to see you all next year.