Tuesday, February 24, 2015
It's hard to tell but each tier is an oval shaped tier. We did not taper the tiers inward but we did angle the tops of each. The cake was buttercream with modeling chocolate cut outs. We found the silhouettes off a background website and Chad converted them to use in the Cricut. We printed out a couple of pages of edible images for the pennant flags. The riding hat on top was hard only because I had to come up with something to go under it so that it wouldn't sit flat. That was a customer request. The pink, coral,blue and navy was very pretty in the barn and the cake looked great there. Looking at it now, I would liked to have had more color on the cake as a whole, but I don't take liberties with the conditions of the contract. I know it's not always ideal, but I would hate to add stress to a family the day before an event.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The cutest idea by far was one I found on Bakerella's site! I fell in love with these tiny cookies on tiny stands! Sqeeeeeee! By far those cookies, as well as the other cookies, took more time than everything else combined. I used the cookie and icing recipe she recommended and they were pretty good, but I'll keep looking for THE recipe. I hope you guys take some inspiration from these and make them for someone super special. My guests ended up taking the stands home and giving them to others to brighten their day (and hopefully never be eaten).
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Barn weddings are everywhere! If they are not as popular in your area, you are a little lucky. Don't get me wrong, they are pretty in a rustic or fancy rustic (trademark pending) and make for nice pictures. Most are not air conditioned, which means fondant icing is the best idea so that sawdust doesn't stick to the buttercream. Some brides just won't do fondant, so here we have a buttercream cake in a barn. Pretty! We added the little gold dots with a paint brush that I cut to be a flat circle. I know it's super hard to tell, but the bottom tier had lines scored in it, a little like a tree pattern. The pendent banners were purchased on Etsy and the flowers were real. The result was rustic, pretty and tasty!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
This cake was made using 3" styrofoam cake dummies in between the tiers. I painted all the flowers with an airbrush ahead of arranging them. The flowers we stuck in if they had wire, but most were "glued" in place with royal icing. My advice here is use as many different size flowers as you can so that you don't have blank spaces. I have been known to make a few roses petals and squeeze them in when the are soft so it looks very full. We also airbrushed the dickens out of this cake when it was all stacked and ready to go! My bride wanted a pearl finish so she got it!
Anytime you have a tier of cake floating above flowers you have to deal with hiding the edges of the cake boards. For me, ribbon is the answer because it is not heavy and you can pull it tight so it doesn't sag. Buttercream borders can fall off due to gravity, as can fondant pearl borders if they are large. Have you ever noticed that when the bakers in Europe make this type of cake, they still have a larger cake board under each tier? So a 6" cake would have an 8" cake board, then a 10" cake and 12" board, etc. I don't like the look myself, but it sure would be easier!
*I owe you a close up picture. I accidently deleted it :(