Let's talk flavors first. I almost never talk about the flavor of the cake or the icings, as most time it doesn't affect the look of the cakes. But the competition was based on taste too. I wanted to do something unique, and it very well may have backfired on me. I chose to make the cake a banana cake with a salted caramel filling and my vanilla house buttercream. Chad and I both thought it was delicious, in fact we ate it for most of the week.
OK, on to the cake. With the exception of the very top of the Aquarium tier, everything on this cake was edible. Only cake, fondant, and modeling chocolate. We didn't even use any rice crispy treats, but we did use just a few small edible images.
Since this cake was suppose to be a Chattanooga Themed Groom's cake, we decided to make the cake about places that our fictional groom likes to visit. So we decided to make it about the places in Chattanooga that WE like to visit. The bottom tier was a 16" square cake that represented downtown Chattanooga. Our initial plan was to make this bottom tier one business, but we wanted our cake to be decorated and pretty on all sides. So we took on the job of making a separate business on each side of this tier. And here they are in no particular order:
|Clumpies Ice Cream|
|The Comedy Catch|
|The Terminal Brewhouse|
|Chattanooga's Julie Darling Donuts|
TIER 2 & 3
|Lupi's Pizza and UTC Mocs|
The next tier I wanted really tall, but I also wanted more of a traditional "cake" shape. Now I realize that the corset shape is not the most traditional, and still carved, but I liked the look. We cut the harlequin shapes out of modeling chocolate and we used the Cricut to cut out the UTC Mocs logos. Chad worked on the graphics files and cut the logos. It took him 2 nights to put them together, but they were extremely detailed and clean.
|The Tennessee Aquarium|
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will comment back with the answer. Check back on Friday when I blog about our first Icing Smiles cake!!