Recently I was contacted by a man who wanted a birthday cake for his girlfriend who I used to work with years ago. I came up with a few sketches, but having knowledge of who the birthday girl actually was, I just knew this was the one! Shoes, purses, and travel!
In the original sketch, I used silhouettes of skyscrapers, but the client asked if I could change them into landmarks from Paris and London, places they had traveled to recently. Absolutely! I love when the client gets involved in the design process. It makes the finished product so much more personal!
The flavor of the cake was lemon and it was filled with lavender blackberry buttercream. I used a thin layer of vanilla buttercream under the fondant covering the tiers instead of the lavender blackberry because the berries would have created a surface that would just be too bumpy to yield a nice fondant finish.
And then came the decorations. I printed out pictures of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, and Pantheon for the Paris landmarks on the bottom tier and Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, and London Eye for the London landmarks on the top tier. I then cut them out and used them as a guide to cut out the fondant silhouettes.
Then I let my inner fashion designer out and added the cutest 15 shoes and 11 purses. All unique. All edible. I NEED to find pairs of the white ruffled shoe and pink with black dots shoe in my real size!
Of course, world travel and a closet filled with these goodies wouldn't be complete without a little bubbly too. In addition to a shoe and purse, a fondant champagne bottle topped the cake as well. The birthday girl loved it, and posted some sweet comments on Facebook before I even had time to review the pictures I took.
Which of these shoes or purses would you like to have in your closet?
Hi! I'm Melisa
I am the owner, baker, designer, decorator and all around 'one woman show' of Sweet By Design, a home based, custom cake bakery which is located just outside of Dallas, Texas. I hope to shed a little light on the wedding and event industry and make your day a little sweeter!
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