Some people think nursing is just about syringes, injections and all but you’ve got to have brains too. This cake highlights just that. It was done in honor of a lady who brilliantly earned a Phd in Nursing Sciences.
It was fun to make because for the first time I had to sculpt a stethoscope, band aids, pills, and a pair of scissors out of fondant. I have a very small oven so I always bake square cakes and elongate them into rectangular shapes by cutting off the vertical sides to elongate the horizontal base. I used 12 , 11 and 10 inch square cake pans for the books and an 8-inch pan for the nurse blouse.
Basically, to make the books I covered each rectangle with butter icing and draped a large piece of fondant over it exceeding a little by the edges to make the book covers. Next I cut out a piece of the same color and lined it at the bottom to give the book cover a realistic edge. The book sheets were made of white pieces of fondant painted in gold luster dust and the page lines outlined with a knife for a realistic effect.
The nurse blouse was made out of a piece of cake covered in pink fondant. The pockets were trimmed with a toothpick. There was no space for writing out the name of the celebrant so I had to put it on the pill tube. The letters on the books were cut out with an alphabet cutter. Oops, I almost forgot, the lady was a minister’s wife who believes strongly in God’s support in her achievement, that is why a bible tops it all.
It was an interesting venture. Someone almost lifted up the books at the reception venue, He didn’t understand what books were doing on a buffet table. He wanted to take them off. Thank God he was cautioned in time. I hardly get to take the pictures at the reception venue , forgive the mess around.