SO, this week, I made two really lovely cakes. I'll start with my favorite, which is this beautiful box cake. I have been wanting to expand my techniques lately, and when I was hired to make a gift box cake for a bridal shower, I desperately wanted to do something more intricate than I usually do.
I am a big fan of Sharon Zambito, with Sugar Ed Productions (SugarShack to those of us in the cake world) and she produces a series of wonderful instructional DVDs. She just came out with one entitled Boxes and Bows, so I quickly snatched it up. I think the techniques are difficult, and I fudged with them a little bit, but I love the gumpaste tops to these boxes. They are dusted with a mix of Cosmos Luster Dust and Super Pearl. The bow on the top took me forEVER, but it is so beautiful in person! SugarShack used a fondant roller with a silk pattern on it. I don't have that, but I did have a grosgrain pattern one, and used that for an extra detail. If you look closely, you can see that the loops are lined with teeny tiny pearls that I used a bead maker to make. And then, I'll admit that I splurged on some Stephen Benison gumpaste cutters for the pretty scrolls on the front. I really, really like the technique, and hope that I can perfect it. Also, I stamped the cake board with "love" and "forever", just like SugarShack did. :)
Not too long ago, I made a cake for a client, Neatherly. She ordered a 3 tiered blue cake that had a modern twist, and she was happy enough to place a second order with me for a baby shower!
Neatherly has an invitation business, and so I designed the cake around her invitations. The stripes are in various widths, and then I attached gumpaste giraffes to the side, which are replicas of the cartoon giraffes on the invites. For the Baby Boy on the bottom, I use a grosgrain roller, and then cutout circles. Next I used some letter cutters to cut out the letters, and it looks really great.
I hope they both enjoy their cakes!