It is a fairly rare occasion since I get so busy with CakeFu and the weekly trainings. I actually have several planned over the next few months.
It’s not always easy to get in-process pictures of my cakes because I make them through the night while the kiddos are sleeping and I just want to hurry and get it done with. But I took the time this time to take some pictures.
So I thought I’d share some pictures with you and explain how I made part of this cute cake that I did.
The story behind this cake is a pretty fun one. A customer of mine called me and asked if I could make a cake for her daughter. She went on to tell me that she wanted a princess themed cake.
I immediately imagined a cute little girl’s cake with sculpted dancing princesses… and then she told me her daughter was turning 30. Apparently her daughter was joking around about wanting a princess themed party so she decided to surprise her with just that.
I was a little stumped for a minute but then thought, ‘Why not?’ A 30 year old should have a pretty princess cake if that’s what she wants.
So this is what I came up with. I thought that it fit the theme of a mature and beautiful princess. Don’t you?
I think the detail that brought in the theme the most was the crown at the top. And it really was pretty easy!
I started by making a cone shape out of some construction paper. This was the form that I used to dry the crown on. If you are worried about the fondant sticking, you can wrap a waxed paper or parchment paper around the outside. I didn’t worry about this step because I waited until the fondant was pretty firm before placing it on the form.
I cut a template out of parchment paper. I didn’t really have anything to go by. I just made it up. The best way to do this is to wrap the parchment around the cone and draw it on. Then take it off, fold it in half and make sure that it is symmetrical (unless you don’t want it to be symmetrical). Then cut it out.
You’ll need the usual tools. A dusting puff, fondant that I mixed with a little tylose, a cutting tool, and a rolling pin.
A couple of things that I forgot to take a picture of was a paintbrush and gum glue.
Those decorative scroll things that are on the parchment paper template are Martha Stewart Scrapbook Flourish Clear Stamps. They worked out really well for this project.
This is where I used the Martha Stewart stamps to put designs into the fondant. But first, I lined up the templates to see what I thought would look good.
I purposely left spaces so I could add in other details. You could add as much or as little detail as you would like.
This is where we put the fondant on the cone shape. But you want to make sure that all of the fondant is firm enough otherwise it will stretch and slide off of the cone. That is why I suggested putting tylose in the fondant because it will firm up a lot faster.
Here is the crown on the cone shape. I flipped it upside down and wrapped it around to dry.
Here’s a back view. I overlapped the fondant and glued it together by brushing on some gum glue. This helps to keep it in place. It’s always nicer to have seamless but this can be disguised with added details.
I didn’t take pictures of the process of the details. Basically you take small pieces of pink fondant, roll them into tear drop shapes and glue them onto the crown. A couple of pink diamond shapes and some white pearl dragees to accent.
The border was made using something a little different than a typical cutter. I used a pair of decorative paper cutting scissors to cut out the design like these School Smart Paper Edger Scissors.
I just rolled the fondant into a long thin strip, let it set just a bit so it doesn’t stretch too much and then cut the border with the scissors. It’s a quick easy border that has that little extra something.
So that’s it! And here is the final product. If you’re interested in how to make the flowers, I suggest looking at the ruffle flower tutorials. I used a combination of a couple of the versions so you can make them however you would like.