I took on a seriously overwhelming, but so far satisfying project as a challenge to myself and a test to my culinary skills! I plan to take y'all with me step by step. The project is to create a 3 tiered birthday cake for an 8 year old girl that include the pastel colors of yellow, pink, blue, and green. She wants flowers all over the cake as well as a rainbow on the top and chocolate buttercream as the filling. Her father insisted the cake be "busy" with decorations. I began this project last night and the cake is "due" tomorrow. I have such a crazy week this week that I really need to get going! I will assemble the cake later this week!
I will have the following prepared:
- Billy's Vanilla Vanilla cake recipe separated into 3 cake rounds; 10X3 inch, 8 inch, and 6 inch fully baked, cooled, inverted, wrapped tightly and frozen--ready to be iced and decorated
- Pastel colored fondant flowers with royal icing centers
- 4 batches of Billy's Vanilla buttercream (which came out to an absurd amount)
- 4 batches of Billy's Chocolate buttercream
Fondant flower cut outs--before veining and cupping
Detailed fondant flowers with royal icing centers
Fondant flowers drying on formers
Next up was the buttercream. I've seriously never seen so much buttercream in my entire life! I just wanted to dive into it. The vanilla will be used to frost the top and outside of the 3 cakes and the chocolate will be used as the filling between the layers.
Tub of Chocolate buttercream
Chocolate and Vanilla tubs of buttercream
Tomorrow I will be assembling the stacked cakes, frosting, decorating, and making the cake "busy". Stay tuned for final pictures tomorrow!