Happy Monday! Yup, running a day late for the blog due to a very very busy work and family weekend! Featured today is a Bridal Shower cake that has a lot of techniques that you can use to make your next celebration cake!
Not all cakes are towering masterpieces that require days of work. Some just need a day or two of prep time and then an hour to actually decorate the cake. Since the flowers needed to be very stiff on the cake so they sort of stand up on the sides, they needed to dry for two days before placing on the cake. For this I used fondant with a bit of tylose mixed in to help them dry quickly. If you want to keep the flowers all fondant then allow at least a week drying time for them. I used the Wilton Daisy Cutter Set to cut out the daisies out of fondant I had dyed pink with rose gel dye and green with leaf green gel dye. Then set them out on a piece of styrofoam to let them dry overnight. Then I added the centers, poked those with a fondant tool that looks like a pencil and then dusted them with yellow luster dust to give them a little bit of shimmer. The centers were glued to the flowers by using a bit of water on a paint brush then I allowed them to dry again overnight.
There are several techniques you can use to make the sides of your cake look more interesting. Since I knew the daisies were going to cross the cake diagonally I thought the stripes up the sides would add to that illusion of movement. What you do is ice the cake like you normally would and then, picking what you consider the "back" of the cake, start at the base of the cake and using the back of your offset spatula just lightly drag the icing up to the top at an angle. You can also do this straight up the cake if you don't want the diagonal pattern but do want the stripes. Make sure you drag the icing all the way up past the top of the cake. When you have gone all the way around the cake you can then smooth the icing along the edges onto the top of the cake. This will be covered by the trim design you decide to use. This worked out well in white icing but it's even more dramatic in chocolate!
This cake was made to match the Bridal Shower invites and to fit in with the decor of the Shower. Don't be afraid to try to match the cake to the party. You don't have to be complicated with your design. It can be as simple as daisies travelling up to the top of the cake to encircle the initials of the Bride and Groom! Congrats again to Toni and David!
Have a great week! A special birthday cake will be spotlighted next week so hope to see you back here on Sunday!