It was for me and my husband's second anniversary. This is a two tier cake top is a 6'doubled layer banana cake with butter cream filling, and the second cake is a 8" double layer red velvet cake with cream cheese filling. The outer shell is fondant part white and part black. The scrolls on the cake were done with royal icing once dry was painted with gold luster dust. For the black roses at the top of the cake...these were done two days in advance with gumpaste. The roses were created using small circle cookie cutters. I 1st take flower wire behind a small piece. Next, I get a small piece of gumpaste and shape it until it looks like a small cone. On the bottom of the cone I insert my wire with a little twist to hook it after 1st wetting the wire a dab. I now take this piece and put it straight into a block of Styrofoam I have on hand. Because gumpaste dries fast I had 2 pieces of plastic wrap waiting…I roll out my gumpaste almost thin enough to see through and then cut my circle putting them between my plastic wrap. Once this process is finish I start to attach my petals to my cone until I form my rose. Shape it and allow it to dry a day. Once dried I then take each of my roses across a stemming kettle. This will give your flower a beautiful shiny finish. Allow one additional day to dry after this process.
My daughter's name is Holly & she wanted a "Hollywood Style" birthday, so I did my best to make a glamorous Black & White, 3-tiered cake. It was my first time doing a 3 tiered cake & 1st time with Marshmallow Fondant; which I am now "hooked on". You can mold it like clay! "I just jumped in & dared myself to do it...believing I could". So I know you can too! I got ideas from many sites; but the most informative was "YUMMY ARTS". You have to subscribe...but I did it just for the month before her birthday, learned everything I could then canceled. I wrote notes on everything they had & so it was well worth the nominal charge. PS> Everyone raved...and my "Diva Daughter" couldn't of been happier.
Note: I did use some plastic tubes for supports in the bottom 2 layers. I wrapped pearls & white netting around each other & tucked one end under the cake, then wrapped the cake- to make it more elegant. I used a Crystal tube, pushed it into the center of the top layer & "like a vase" had it hold several stiff wires that I took needle nosed plyers to bend & make a "hook" at the end. I then attached jewels to the 4 "hooks" so they could dangle above the cake one on each side(see picture).
Homemade Jake and the Neverland Pirates Cupcakes 6
My son loves the show Jake and the Neverland Pirates, however since it is new show I knew it would be hard to find/make a cake for this theme. I'm not the most talented baker so I'm afraid to use fondant and more time consuming things. So here is my super easy idea. I baked a regular box cake into Pirate theme cupcake liners. Then I used store bought frosting and colored it blue, to be like the ocean. Next, I went to the Disney website and printed off pictures of the characters from the show onto card stock. I attached them to lollipop sticks I bought at the craft store. I put the cupcakes on a cupcake stand, which sat on top of a pirate handkerchief and I put some pirate necklaces and chocolate coins for decoration. The kids really loved them and loved that they each got their own character on a cupcake.