Tuesday, February 25, 2014
As far as technique for this cake the overall tip is to use modeling chocolate, the kind you make, not the pre-made stuff. The hatbox was one large cake with four tiers. I used a grapefruit spoon (which I don't know why I own...) to make the channel for the black tissue. As normal, make it deeper than you want it to be. A layer of buttercream and fondant will fill it back in to some degree, so dig a little more out. I covered that whole tier in white fondant and then added the pink modeling chocolate on top of that. I I was doing it again today, I would have made one big band of modeling chocolate for the sides or done individual stripes all the way around without any fondant under neath.
The blue box and orange bag are really straightforward. My tip on those would be to fill in any uneven space with buttercream so that the modeling chocolate doesn't sink in at all. Corners are notorious for doing that. I have a pet peeve about droopy corners on all cakes, but that's for another day. To make the tissue, I got some fondant/gumpaste mix rolled really thin in the pasta machine and cut squares out. I scrunched them, my technical term...trademark pending.... and fluffed them. I let them dry a couple of days and didn't put the pieces on the cake until the morning of the party. That way the moisture in the fridge didn't make them droopy. No one wants droopy tissue!
The handbag was a "cheater" handbag. We used edible images for all the print. I made it the size to fit one full page of print for the front and one for the back. HA! It didn't outwit me this time! Did you know that REAL bags have upside down print on the backside because it's all one piece of leather? I made sure I was accurate for this birthday girl because she would have known! For all the tan pieces, I used a stitching tool and it made a big difference in the overal look and detail of the cake.
I was happy with the cake, even though I could have added SO much more to it (makeup, jewelry, etc.) but when we got it to the venue that was decorated beautifully, it fit in just perfect! The staff at The Chattanoogan Hotel were all coming up and taking pictures and that is a real compliment since they see cakes all the time.