Saturday, April 16, 2011

My sister's 14th birthday cake

Here is the cake I made for my sister's birthday party this weekend :) I saw a picture of a purple pillow cake with a pink "glass slipper" on it in a cake book. My sister promptly expressed a desire for a cake like that, except with a different shoe and different colors (pink and purple weren't cool enough!) So, this is what I came up with!

The cake was chocolate with a buttercream filling, and it was covered in homemade marshmallow fondant. Then I painted it with red food coloring and dusted it with red and white pearly decorator's dust. The pillow seemed a bit lacking so I added white chocolate swirls which worked really well (actually I was too lazy to make more fondant just so I could make a twisted ridge around the middle, but we'll keep that part quiet :) ) Anyway, for the shoe I melted white chocolate and spread it on a parchment paper template and shaped it while it hardened. I had to carve the heel out of a chunk of white chocolate and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. The picture doesn't really show it, but there are chocolate zebra stripes on the back of the heel (ordered by my sister because zebra stripes are cool)
I haven't been able to fully convey how much this cake forced me to be creative but just believe me, it involved a lot of challenges and problem sloving :) However, overall, this cake was REALLY fun to make, it took a while but I loved every minute!