Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The best part of this cake was that the decorating was minimal. I really do enjoy a simply decorated cake from time to time. No fondant. No words. Just buttercream. Chocolate Kahlua buttercream on this one! I also added some shredded chocolate bits on top, just for fun.
Also, thanks to Erin for taking the pictures and sending them my way. This was one cake that slipped out before I got the chance to photograph it. I'm forever grateful!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
When we looked up, we saw a tiny young Ruby-Throated Hummingbird sitting on a wire having just finished dining in my garden: note the pollen on its beak. Robin had her camera at the ready and snapped this delightful shot to capture the moment. I thought it was brilliant! And learned that Hummingbirds actually chirp!
For Robin's birthday, I made her a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. (She's going to need a gallon of milk in order to wash down the chocolately goodness!!!) I wanted to pay homage to this wonderful photo and moment in time and placed a little hand-painted, gum paste hummingbird on the top, complete with [sugar] pollen and all.
To see more of Robin's work, check out her Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.118514935952.121143.755270952&type=3#!/pages/Robin-Downing-Photography/346884155505
I used two different cut-outs. One with scalloped edges and one without. Then I used two different colors to decorate the cookies in royal icing; red and pink. I thought they were appropriate Valentine's day colors.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
She requested a yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Aside from that, she knew that I would add buttercream and fondant details on the top of the cake, not to mention some actual characters from the movies.
Can I just add that I found a new recipe for yellow cake that I absolutely ADORE! Most yellow cake recipes that I've come across have either needed cake flour and/or have been dry cakes. Not something I'm happy with. The recipe I used for this cake was a moist cake which used all purpose flour and a whole lot of buttermilk. YUMMY!
The chocolate buttercream was delicious, too! A new recipe with loads of melted chocolately goodness. (I'm getting hungry now...)
Here's how the cake turned out:
This was when the fun started for me. I searched online for some inspirational ideas and came across one that looked like a castle with many of the Disney princesses gathered around. I thought it was a perfect plan because if Adrienne decided that her favorite princess was someone other than Tiana, I'd have the bases covered, so to speak. ;)
I ordered the castle kit from Wilton online and used only four towers and the door to decorate the cake. All of the princesses were purchased in a nice set from Target and I think they look completely at home, just chillin' on their castle cake.
The best part of this cake was the delivery. I got to see Adrienne see her cake and it was AWESOME! Totally worth it for me! She looked up at it, mouth open, eyes wide and didn't say a word! A smile came shortly thereafter and she was able to tell me who each of the princesses were. I asked her who her favorite princess was and she responded..."Cinderella."
Phew! Bases covered!!
I hope she had a great birthday and a wonderful princess celebration!!!
Update: Yep. She had a GREAT party!!! Here's the birthday "princess" with her cake. :)