I melted the chocolate in two pans - the one below this one holds water.
Then each kid got to take their balloon and put the bottom into the bowl and roll it around until the bottom was coated with chocolate. I then put a spoonful of chocolate onto the wax paper on the table and then plopped the chocolate covered balloon on top of it.
The cake also ended up being experimental. For some reason the cake was falling apart VERY easily and I simply could not frost it - so - taking a tip from Bakerella (where I also got the chocolate balloon idea) I instead dumped the cakes in a bowl and added some frosting. Then I ground it together like it was a meatloaf. Once the consistency was even I put it on my cake plate and basically molded it into a heart. After that I placed it in the fridge to set for a minute and then frosted the cake (or what was now a bit of a a brownie cake). It was a great save!
I even used the little bit of chocolate from the balloons to drizzle over the cake! YUM!
Before long it was time to open presents!
She is now the proud owner of a whole colony of My Littlest Pet Shop's.
Finally the kids were ready to pop their balloons. Each was given a pin and they popped them easily. Taking out the balloons from the chocolate took a bit of finesse, but we did it. Some needed to go back into the freezer for a moment, though and this seemed to help a lot.
I think the kids really dug it!
Time to blow out candles.....
and go CRAZY building their sundaes!!
I'm SURE they had fun with this one...
Overall it went really well....
and she is so lucky to have so many people who love her - and TWO cakes!
Thanks Frantie Sarah!
I love you, Kiyra. I hope your 9th year here is as awesome as you are!