I have been doing more cakes lately, so I thought I would share some more photos and tips with you. One cake I did was for my uncle’s mother’s 80th birthday party. She has had a passion for music all her life so we decided to go with a musical note theme. Although the outside of the cake wasn’t as elaborate as some of my other designs the cake inside was absolutely delicious…I was wishing that I was invited to the party! The bottom tier was chocolate cake (one of the best I have tried lately…don’t worry I will post the recipes tomorrow) with white chocolate whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The top tier was my favorite buttermilk cake with lemon cream and fresh raspberries….one of my all-time favorite combo’s. Both cakes were covered in vanilla buttercream.
To make the red pearl border I used a technique that I learned from Earlene Moore at the Capital Confectioner’s cake & Sugar Art Show that I went to last month. First you roll out your fondant to your desired thickness (the larger the thickness the larger the pearls) and then you cut out circles with either the top of a large pipping tip or a small circle cookie cutter (again, depending on what size you want the pearls). Next you roll the fondant in your hands to make little pearls and then add them to a plastic jar. Put a little luster dust (whatever color you prefer) in with jar with the pearls and then put the lid on. Shake the pearls in the jar until they are evenly coated with the luster dust.
To make the musical notes I used a cookie cutter that I found at a local store and then cut it out of black fondant. To make the other type of note I just cut the side part off of it and then I had two types of notes. For the sharp sign I cut fondant strips and adhered them with water. To make the symbols on top I rolled black fondant by hand and formed them into the symbols. I brushed everything with black luster dust before I added it to the cake.
I adhered the notes to the buttercream cake and then piped on “Happy 80th Birthday Mom” with leftover buttercream that I colored red. I also added little dots with the red buttercream. Thanks for looking!