Last week I had an interesting request for a cake. Jennie called and asked for a cake for her 22 year-old daughter. This daughter is currently in design school and just finished a few great dress designs. Jennie wanted a cake that was inspired by one of her dresses and sent me three to look at.
The dress I chose is a gold flowy, tea length dress with feathers across the top. Here it is:
The directions left me with a lot of creative options. She wanted it to feed 12, and chose one of my favorite cake combinations: chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse filling. I decided on a round cake and planned on coloring fondant to look like gold and draping it over the cake. I was then going to cover the top with chocolate shavings to represent the feathers at the top of the dress.
Unfortunately, I almost had a Cake Wreck on my hands! The fondant ended up looking like cheese! It was an orangey skin color – nowhere close to gold! About 2 hours before delivery I ripped off the fondant and covered the whole thing in icing. I then ran to the store and bought gold dust for the sides. I used a lot of gold dust – enough to coat the whole kitchen including the husband and child!
Here is the cake. It looked more golden in real life but didn’t photograph as well:
Jennie said it was delicious. She ate the leftovers (I made it 3 layers tall) for breakfast the next day and sent some with her youngest to school for lunch.
If anyone wants to request another “Inspiration Cake” again, I am up to the challenge! And no cake wrecks! … I hope.