I’ve been waiting to make this cake for a while. I’ve always wanted to do a pool cake. This is a smaller version of an idea I have for a beach resort scene, but the party was only going to be about 40 people so I didn’t need anything that large.
The bride asked me for a ruffled cake in white and teal. She wanted something modern, minimal and classic looking. The ruffled image she showed me just didn’t say ‘modern’ to me, so we went with a similar look but with less frill to the ruffles and a smoother, cleaner line.
Normally I try and do as much edible on my creations as possible, but the teal gemstone wrap would have taken way too long to do in sugar for the budget on this project. The look didn’t suffer at all. The whole cake was covered in a layer of shimmer dust to make it sparkle.
This black ruffled cake was just an experiment with the ruffle fondant technique. I also decided to practice doing gumpaste flowers and I tried my hand and rice wafer paper flowers. The cake ended up looking a bit like a hat.
This cake I did just for practicing gumpaste daisies and making a cameo from isomalt sugar and gumpaste for a more vintage glass look. I tried a look I haven’t done before – using coarse sugar as a texture. I quite liked it.
I really wanted to do an Egyptian themed birthday cake, and I had this one sitting in the back of my mind when the perfect opportunity came. I think humour and baking can go really well together, but when I started this project there were so many things I wanted to try!
I wanted to create the look of one of the Egyptian walls covered in hieroglyphs or an old tablet so I did some chocolate sculpture-in-relief style along with some hand painting. I wanted the cake to have a very distinctive look, both in whole design and when cut, so the cake is red velvet with a white chocolate cream cheese icing and filling.
The chocolate elements are custom made from white chocolate.
This is the crown jewel of my creations. I really got to go all out on this project.
I started very early on making the various decorations; from the knights to the banners and other decorative items. I started production a good month before the event date with the non-perishable elements and had a matter of days to bake and assemble the whole thing, seeing that I don’t have a freezer to keep cake in. (All my cakes are made a day or two before so they are all fresh and not frozen).
I got to experiment with textures, edible metallic colours and working with non-standard 3D shapes in cake. I did a lot of hand painting, molding and styling.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to take this project on at first. I just wasn’t feeling the panda birthday cake groove. Then my customer said her son played guitar, but also liked pandas. the fusion was just too interesting so I couldn’t pass it up.
I did a 3D panda mostly in buttercream but with some enhanced fondant eyes, a faux-hauk do, stylized panda facial patterns and some earrings.
What I really had fun doing was the guitar and amp. The guitar structure I made out of gingerbread and worked with both fondant and gel icing with a pattern I did up on my computer. I went with a dragon pattern; I thought it was appropriate.
The amp I added a bit of texture with a placemat I found at the dollar store.