This Topsy Turvy Crazy Birthday Cake was for my daughters 25th birthday. Her birthday is on Valentines Day and I've always done hearts, etc, but wanted to do something as unique and special as she is.
The bottom cake is sour cream pound cake with strawberry filling and buttercream icing. Top is Red Velvet with cream cheese filling with buttercream on top of that.
I played with the gumpaste for the 1st time making the teacup and saucer on the very top, rolled out various sizes of beads, and made crazy "lit" candles and stuck them in the teacup. I had Colette Peters "Cakes to Dream On" book to get ideas and techniques from. I am in awe of that woman and her limitless imagination and PATIENCE!! I could never dream of coming close to her, but what inspiration!
I made the "fantasy flowers" from CP's book using white fondant and luster paints, etc. putting them on florists wire along with royal icing beads on curled florists wire for a "sproingy" effect.
Then used white fondant, shiny black fondant and tried making pink modeling chocolate (I think I'll stick to fondant next time...I think the color would have been brighter and better) I bought black decorating icing, and piped the dots. I used royal icing to attach the little tiny flowers and dots and her name in fondant to the cake.
Make sure to use long dowels all the way through the cake for support. The cake gets extremely heavy with all this fondant and icing. Also, of great help were the tips on how to assemble a Topsy Turvy Cake by cutting away a section of the bigger cake (the size of the smaller one) so the smaller cake can fit into it while still being crooked.
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