Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Red & Black Show Cake

I know, I know, I'm like the worst blogger ever! But if you only knew HOW busy we've been lately. I am teaching a decorating class beginning September 15 at Dalton State College and then we have a HUGE bridal show on September 20th!! I have been so busy getting my syllabus ready and my booth designed that I have had no time left over for anything else. I am also trying to make some new show pieces to bring to the bridal show. Case in point - this "little" red and black number I have been working on for the past few weeks.

This is a dummy cake, so no actual cake, just Styrofoam layers, but it has been decorated with actual fondant and food safe materials. The beads are plastic beads that my poor husband lovingly cut from a beaded curtain I purchased online and then hot-glued to the bottom of the separator plates. The cat toppers are a pair of Jonathan Adler kitty S&P shakers that I have had for a while. They may or may not make it to showtime. What do you think? Kitty topper or no kitty topper?

I wanted to do one really huge, striking cake that I can put up at the show that will really draw people in. Here's hoping this does the trick!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week!


  1. This is a really really really nice cake. When I learn how to make beads out of Isomalt I will use this fantastic idea!

    - Rafael :)

  2. Very striking cake indeed! I think cat or no cat the presentation will draw people in! Well done! :)

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words. Rafael, I am curious about Isomalt, but not ready for the challenge. I think they would get sticky so I went plastic. Let us know how it goes!

  4. Wow - absolutely amazing! You will definitely attract people. I like the toppers - the black and white combo accents the entire cake.

  5. Wow this is beautiful, Love the idea of using Bead Tassels to cover the pillars.

  6. This cake made me wonder, when people order a cake do they just say, "I want a bridal shower cake in red." and you make what you want or do you have more people come in with exact specifications?

    I was wondering because that's a pretty specified cake and (I understand it's not real and you created it and all) seems extreme for a purchaser to come in and ask for.

    I can see someone going through pictures of cakes and liking that one, but do you ever get people who have their own drawings and such?

  7. cannwin: Thanks for visiting! To answer your question, here at the bakery we have all kinds of requests. Some people come in with drawings and pictures, some people come in and have no idea what they want.

    Although I have done some crazy "real" wedding cakes, we usually try to do something a little more on the outlandish side for bridal shows. My husband made an astute observation as we were setting up for that bridal show. He said "No one goes to a car show to see cars they can see on the road every day".

    A ton of people came into my booth to see the 5 foot tall red and black monolith and on my first booking off that show, the bride wanted beaded tassels hanging off the separator plates, just not in red.

    Hope this helps explain a little bit!! Thanks again for stopping by!



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