As I’m taking a week off from cake decorating to get ready for christmas next week, I thought I’d post a christmas themed cake I did last year. This was done for a school district whose colors just happen to be crimson and gray. I made the gray tier silver by mixing silver lustre dust with a little bit of vodka and painting the entire top tier. Then I used sugar pearls “glued” on with a little royal icing to make large snowflakes. The topper is my very first attempt at a gumpaste flower and is supposed to be reminiscent of a poinsettia.
When I look at this picture I have to laugh at myself a little bit. This cake shows my very early attempts at a lot of different things. My first reaction is, “wow, this is awful!” But honestly, I was actually quite proud of this cake at the time, and I still am. You can only get better by practicing and taking chances. With any craft, you’re not going to be great the first time. The challenge is just jumping in and trying things you’ve never done before, because that’s the only way you can get good at them. Sometimes, (well, actually a lot of times in my case) things don’t turn out as well as I hoped. But the great thing is that now I know how to do it better the next time. I’m glad I can look back at the pictures from a year ago and cringe a little bit. It just shows how far I’ve come in the last year, and I hope a year from now my cakes will have improved that much again.
The doll cake is a very popular design. Do a simple internet search and you’ll get hundreds of results. But what I love is that not one of them will be the same because the decorating possibilities are endless, just like with real dresses.
Obviously, this birthday girl loves orange, which was a refreshing change from the typical pink or blue that is used so much for kid’s cakes. Other than the color I was given free range with the design, so I took the opportunity to try out an ombre ruffle, which simply means graduating the color of the ruffles from light to dark. I tossed around about 10 other designs before settling on this one so I’m looking forward to doing this cake again with a different twist.
I had a chance to try out some new techniques with this cake for the first time. First, the warp pipe is Rice Krispy treats that I molded to the shape I wanted then covered with fondant. I’ve been wanting to practice this because there are so many ways to use it to add another dimension to certain cakes. I’m looking forward to using this trick again…and doing it even better next time! Second, this is the first time I’ve tried to duplicate a character in fondant. I was pretty happy with my first attempt at Super Mario and most importantly, learned what I could do to make it even more accurate next time. This cake is iced with buttercream and I was so happy with how smooth I was able to get it and how sharp my edges turned out. I’ve improved so much on this from my first cakes and it just makes the finished product look so much more professional.
This is one of those cakes I could have spent 3 more hours adding details to. I had so much fun making the all the little characters I could have just kept on going, but sometimes you just have to make yourself quit. This is definitely a cake I would love to do again sometime.