Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quilted Christening Cake

As the family baker, I was "commissioned" to create a cake for my nephew's baptism. I decided to try something I had never done before... always a great idea for when 100+ people will be staring at it. But what the heck, I'm a gutsy gal (not).

I decided to try my hand at "quilting" the fondant. It always looks so pretty in pictures, and I read a ton about how to achieve the desired effect. So I bought the tools and off I went with a wing and a prayer.

The cake was a 3 tier white butter cake with cannoli cream filling. I covered it with a buttercreme flavored fondant that was quilted and tufted it with edible pearls. The monogram plate and roses were handmade with white chocolate and the cross and bows were hand-sculpted with gumpaste.
Looking at it now, I'm pretty happy with it, but at the time all I saw were the imperfections. I think cake decorating is kinda like giving birth. While you are doing it you curse and scream and say you will never do it again, but then after some time has passed you look back and admire what you see and get excited to do it all over again.