Decorating By mamafrogcakes Updated 12 Oct 2005 , 7:48pm by goodcakefairy

mamafrogcakes Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 6:23pm
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Well, after finishing a baby shower cake yesterday I put it on the counter and went to bed last night. I woke up this morning, took a peek at it to make sure nothing funky happened between the gumpaste and BC and what did I find??? ANTS!!!! I cried like a little baby!!!! We have not had any ant problems but I guess I lured them in with my icing. Funny thing is that the day before I had 2 cakes I left in the same place overnight and they were fine. So 7:00 am this morning I'm at the grocery store getting more supplies to do another cake. The good news is that I was able to rescue the gumpaste accents and the plastic pacifiers, and of course you are more comfortable with something the second time, right?? Anyway, a huge pain in my behind!! AND this was my gift to the mother-to-be...isn't always the free cakes that cause us grief?
I think the second turned out a little better.
Thanks for letting me vent!!!

14 replies
aliciaL_77 Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 6:29pm
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They look great!

bulldog Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 6:29pm
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I really like both the cakes, but you hit the nail on the head, the free ones always cause the most trouble. I'm glad you were able to get another done. Very cute!

cybourg Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 6:32pm
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Your cake is adorable. I hate those dang ants. I am having a real problem with them myself right now. I bleach the counters, wash them. Its time to put more stuff out for those things.

lilscakes Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 6:42pm
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If you wipe your counters down with vinegar, the ants will clear out! ....another helpful hint is ants will not cross a chalk line. Something as simple as drawing a line around the area in plain old chalkboard chalk or baby powder . I use the baby powder around our sidewalks in the summer and the ants just vanish! Best part is these are all environmentally friendly products with no chemicals. Just thought I'd share in hopes these might work for you. icon_smile.gif

ntertayneme Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 6:43pm
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Love the cake and sorry to hear about how the ants made a feast on your first one... they're both adorable cakes icon_smile.gif

cakegal Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 6:49pm
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I love the cake too!
Sorry to hear the ants invaided your cake..
But the cakes really look cute..I'm sure you're friend will love it...

MrsMissey Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 7:11pm
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..I had that happen to me over that summer. Argh!! Anyway, both of your cakes look terrific!!

ThePastryDiva Posted 9 Oct 2005 , 7:29pm
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yes, I heard that too about the vinegar. My mom had a terrible ant problem so we filled a spray bottle with the stuff and every night before she went to bed she would spray.

I use something called "TERRO" I'm not sure how to spell it. I got it from the local drug store

I got the heads up from an exterminator when I worked in offices...and it works like a charm

missmersh Posted 11 Oct 2005 , 6:40am
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The second one turned out perfectly too!!! Sorry about the ants! I fight them in the Spring and early fall. Seems like summer is too hot for them or something and winter is too cold.

Never knew about the vinegar trick! Heard about the chalk, but never can remember to get any. I will have to try the vinegar cause I think my lysol kitchen cleaner just attacts them! LOL icon_wink.gif

Glad it worked out well, Mamafrog!!!


tanyascakes Posted 11 Oct 2005 , 7:18am
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Sorry about the ants. I think that both of the cakes look great!! I would love to do one of these for a shower. But right now, my business is nil!!! I love to see what you all are up to though.


cybourg Posted 11 Oct 2005 , 1:55pm
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Originally Posted by lilscakes

If you wipe your counters down with vinegar, the ants will clear out! ..... icon_smile.gif

I had forgotten that hint. I did that a couple of years ago, wiped my whole kitchen down with vinegar. No ants for months. So, with your reminder, I did my counters a couple of nights ago. Need to do them again, better this time, but it really works.

Thanks for the hint. icon_biggrin.gif

mpitrelli Posted 11 Oct 2005 , 2:05pm
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I had that happen to me before. They are sugar ants. I had my cake in a tupperware cake holder thinking it was safe and woke up in the morning and found them crawling all over the place. the vinager does work try that next time

Mac Posted 12 Oct 2005 , 1:19am
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Also anything with orange oil will get rid of them too. I had trouble with ants for 1/2 a year, finally researched and found out that You have to get rid of things that attract ants outside. Even birdseed. So I quit feeding the birds and--no more ants!!!

goodcakefairy Posted 12 Oct 2005 , 7:48pm
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We commend you for not going after the little icing swipers with a giant shoe. No one would have blamed you.

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