Now, one thing you crazy cake people might have noticed is the black pearl/bead border at the bottom and on the bottom of the top tier was not in the drawing. I really wanted the cake to be clean with clean lines and everything was going beautifully until I began sticking the tiers together!! This red cake plate I used has a recessed center that was BARELY smaller than my bottom tier. So, I had to stick another cardboard cake board on it to raise it up enough to stick the bottom tier on. Well, the glue dried before I realized when I put the bottom tier on it was crooked!! UGH! So, I tried “popping” it off and the cake popped off it’s actual board taking the fondant with it! It tore the fondant and wrinkled it in other places…and the board was still stuck to the cake plate!! AH! ;) So, I put it back and adjusted the second tier with a wedge to make sure it went on straight, but the damaged had been done to the bottom tier. SO, I had to use a border to hide the damage. I actually liked how it turned out though…it made the cake a bit more feminine with the pearls. So, I guess it all worked out…like it always does…despite being more work! LOL!!!
One of my sweetest, most beautiful mommy friends turned 40 this past week. It’s crazy that I’m nearing 40 too…what’s happened! I thought I just turned 25 last year!! LOL!!! I guess 40 isn’t old at all…because we’re not getting old…just classically wise and beautiful…right?! :) 40 must be the new 30 because I remember when my dad turned 40 I thought he was so old! – my 40 is not as old as his 40 was!!
A few friends of ours threw her a fun party last night and I offered to make some “cupcakes” or something for the party a few weeks ago. But, to me…after thinking about it…cupcakes just weren’t enough for Alice! I wanted something more “her”…sophisticated, beautiful and personal. Alice is Korean and her culture is very important to her. So, I knew I wanted to use that as my inspiration for her cake. I also wanted to do some kind of geometric pattern because Alice perfers the modern to the frilly. I found this pattern online and my wheels got to turning!
I started making sketches and then decided to up the personal aspect by writing in the Korean language little sayings that describe what an amazing woman Alice is. Here’s what I came up with thanks to Google!!
신뢰할수있는친구: Trusted Friend
헌신적인아내: Devoted Wife
그리스도의추종자: Follower of Christ
미인: Beautiful Woman
어머니를사랑하는: Loving Mother
I also wanted to put a single flower on the cake because I remember seeing a beautiful picture of Alice in Hawaii with a big flower in her hair…she looked stunning! I looked up Korean’s national flower and it’s the Rose of Sharon…which was a coincidence because it’s also a symbol of the Jewish people and of our Lord in the Bible…something we both believe strongly in. I later found out that she had the Rose of Sharon flowers in her wedding!! God is soo good! :) I love those little touches!
I then turned all these ideas into the following sketch and based the colors on her 3 favorite colors: turquoise, red and black.
It truly came out exactly as I had imagined it! When I showed up to the party and placed the cake, Alice literally froze in place, stunned and speechless!! Seriously that is why I make these cakes for my friends…for those moments…to watch their face and their eyes fill up with tears of joy and a full heart of love! Yes, they’re an enormous amount of work and I’m always so glad they’re over and I can finally put my feet up! – but it’s such a huge blessing for me to be able to HUGELY bless them as much as they have blessed me! And what better way to do it than in a scrumptious piece of edible art!! :) She started to tear up and began reading the inscriptions on the cake. She could hardly talk she was so blown away at the personal beauty of the cake. It was probably one of my favorite cake experiences to date! We were both overflowing with joy!
Here’s my gorgeous friend with her little cake (it’s an 8:6:4).
I had to post this picture of Alice because she’s STUNNING! I’m soo blessed and inspired by this amazing woman and so glad the Lord has placed her in my life! She is such a sweet, dedicated wife and mommy of four beautiful kids that love the Lord with their whole heart! She radiates God’s love and beauty! Thank you Alice for your friendship! I’m SO glad the cake blessed your heart because you have blessed mine!
Onto a fun tip!
Getting flat cakes from the oven:
I saw this tip years ago, but have never posted anything about it on my blog (I don’t think I have!?) I hardly ever get flat cakes right from the oven. I also don’t like to waste cake by cutting off that dome. So, the trick is as soon as you pull your cake from the oven, lay a wet paper towel (double thickness…use 2) or a wet clean dish towel over the pan and press down to flatten out that dome. Careful because it’s really hot and the cake releases steam when you do that so you can burn yourself if you’re not ready for it!! So, use your fingers and press down all around until your cake is totally flat. Then, let cool for a few minutes and pop that baby out onto a rack to cool the rest of the way. And, you’ll have a flat cake ready to be iced or torted!
Out of the oven (above) with dome
Pressing carefully with wet paper towels
Flat top cake after squishing! :) Perfecto!
I’ve not noticed any change in my cakes…as far as density is concerned. Although, I like a dense cake! :) But I use this technique on ALL my cakes from the oven so I don’t waste cake by cutting off that dome! – saves a step – and my waistline!
I guess that’s it for now! Thanks for looking!!!