Here’s another quick little post for you lovely readers out in the interwebs. I’m afraid I don’t have a tutorial for you today, but I had so much fun making this cake for a friend and was able to try out so many new things that I just had to share it with you. First of all, I’ve totally gotten into cake sketching. Not just because it’s fun, but it’s seriously oh-so-practical. In reality, I’m kind of have a cluttered brain, and if I don’t commit my ideas and thoughts to paper either as a list or a sketch, they’ll be out the door in a blink followed immediately by something new. In other words, not so great for a consistent cake design. So for this cake, I sketched the design for the body of the cake, and made a note about the figure on the top.
If you look closely at the drawing, you’ll see that the cake didn’t come out exactly like it, but it gave me a place to play around with my ideas before starting and made the design much more consistent.
One of the new things I played around with for this cake was aerosol food coloring. I have about zero knowledge on how to use an airbrush machine, or even where to start with buying one, but I’ve always wanted to try it. I knew I wanted a shimmering, snow-swirl sort of effect in the background of the cake, so I thought I’d try out the aerosol stuff and see if I could get a similar effect to the effect I see people getting with an airbrush machine. Final verdict: I love the effect, but oh-my-goodness it’s really hard to focus the stream of food coloring and it gets everywhere. Seriously. EVERYWHERE.
As for the rest of the cake, I used royal icing snowflake transfers as well as snowflake sprinkles, dragées, and nonpareils. I hand painted both the cake topper and the fondant placard with the birthday girls’ names (the number “7” is also a hand painted piece).