Teal, Gold, and White Square Wedding Cake

IMG_7469 IMG_7468Another square wedding cake design!  This time, a three tier cake is covered in a creamy white fondant with a contrasting teal second tier.  The teal second tier is decorated with piped royal icing designs; each side has a different design.  The golden fondant ribbons and a gilded beaded border provide finishing touches.

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White roses, Purple wisteria wedding cake

Floating column white and purple wedding cake White gumpaste rose and purple wisteria Base tier white gumpaste rose and purple wisteriaI delivered this wedding cake to Front Royal, VA on Tuesday.  A towering yet still delicate cake, this simple beauty is fluffy white butter cake with a creamy, vanilla-flavored American buttercream and raspberry filling.  Deep purple ribbons are homemade fondant.  The design is finished with delicate cascades of wisteria and clusters of white gumpaste roses.

Rustic Chocolate and Gold Wedding Cake

Floating Tiers Wedding CakeThis is an experimental wedding cake to try out a new stacking technique.  Both tiers are chocolate cake with chocolate Swiss Meringue buttercream.  Decorations are gumpaste blossoms, leaves, buds, and a gilded chalice.

Seminarian Fundraiser Dinner Cake

Seminarian Fundraiser Cake          A friend asked me to sponsor the dessert for a fundraiser dinner he was helping to organize for 5 of our local seminarians.  Happy to help a good cause, I created this cake.  The design was suggested by the vocation of the seminarians, of course, but also harmonized with the venue: the beautiful new banquet hall of Rappahannock Cellars winery, which my talented husband helped to build.  The cake was a chocolate fudge cake, sprinkled with a hint of raspberry Chambord simple syrup, filled with whipped chocolate ganache, and covered in a chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream.  The chalice (which was even shinier in person) and grape leaves are gumpaste, but the grapes are piped buttercream.

What I Did on my Christmas Vacation

A impromptu cake decorated for my nephew’s baptism. My mother-in-law made the cake, but I made the icing (recipe from memory), the baby-blue marshmallow fondant, and the modeling chocolate for the cross, rose, bows, and swag decorations.  I was pretty pleased with the result, considering I was working in a strange kitchen without my tools.  This is actually a pretty good illustration of how much you can do with even the simplest of tools – little more than two tips, a rolling pin, and a sharp knife.   IMG_7345 IMG_7346