In April for our Pastor and his family as they celebrated 30 years with our church and a friend asked if I could help do a cake for them. Sure, why not, haven't done one in a while. After looking over a few cake designs, I remembered a certain design I had seen in one of my Wilton Cake decorating books that would be perfect. This cake design incorporated a variety of photos into the design. My husband put the photos together and prepared the photo strips to put on the tailored tiers.
If I remember correctly, I did a 6 inch, 10 inch and a 14 inch for the three tiers. Honestly, I can't remember what flavor the 14 inch one was, but I do remember the other two. I used a different chocolate cake mix that my usual and I was not at all happy with the results!
I wanted to keep the design clean looking so that photos would stand out. I iced the cake in buttercream, then used a diamond impression mat on the sides to dress it up a bit. I finished it by piping a reverse shell border on the top with a tradition shell border on the bottom of each tier. My friend did the cake topper
with silk flowers and sea shells (it was a beach themed reception)
giving it the final touch that it needed. I was terrified that it was going to fall over because the tailored tiers are not easy to secure well. I assembled it the night before since I wouldn't have time in the morning. Thankfully It made it through the night and the luncheon, with out any problem, whew! Now I know why the tailored tier set was on clearance and now discontinued, probably not the best product for a large cake, since you can't put a dowel down the middle of it to secure it well.
Wow has a year and half gone by without any cake postings!? I had to take a break from cakes as life was getting a bit crazy. I did do a couple that I need to find the photos of and get posted! I did wedding shower cake back in September and a year before that a Scarlett O'Hara dress inspired one for a birthday! I also did a wedding reception cake that was huge. I think there was a couple others, I can't remember! I do miss my cakes... I should look for the photos and get them posted!
Last year we decided to redo our kitchen, and when I say redo...I really should say tear it all out and REDO it all. In January we started talking with our contractor and by June we were moved out of the kitchen and ready for the chaos of having a backyard "kitchen." In spring I was working on a shortbred...thankfully I had just finished the last batch...and discovered that the oven completely died. It wouldn't be until late August I would have an oven again. Of course just about as the time we were ready to begin demolition of the kitchen, the bbq broke...that was going to be our source cooking while the kitchen was being done. Needless to say we were able to get a nice new gas bbq that got us through the summer! Still no cakes and here it is January and still no cakes. Plenty of cookies and other treats, but no cakes.
In addition to the kitchen, we remodel a bit in our living room, and painted the outside of the house. We have a couple very minor things to done, but we officially signed off on all the work the first week of November. Most of the kitchen is put together, with the exception of a few things. With the holidays we opted to wait on unpacking most of the living room, and decided to wait until after we took all the decorations down. Wise move. Now to clean out the garage and get rid of a lot of stuff we just no longer need. Maybe this year I can start back to work on my cakes!
Sorry so long, I will try to get up the cakes I have done over the past few months up! Here is the first, Lauren's Birthday Cake! This was fun, lots of work, but fun! The chest is chocolate cake, the top is lemon. All covered in fondant! The "treasures" are ring pops, jolly ranchers, candy necklaces, and chocolate coins, with brown sugar for the sand.
Married 23 years, 2 wonderful children (DS,19 and DD,16). We are a Christian family, who delights in serving in our church. Although I love knitting, I also love homeschooling and traveling with my family.