I fell in love with this cake when I made it – way back in April of 2014. At that time, I hadn’t really ever paid much attention to more feminine nautical cakes so when my client sent me several pictures for inspiration (and the elements she loved from each), I was really smitten with the idea! I put her ideas all together to come up with this Girly Nautical Anchor Cake.
The cake itself was simple… a rustic buttercream finished with simple lines. But when I added just a few frilly fondant flowers, the topper and the bold (BIG) ribbon border on the board – the cake really came alive!
For the flowers – the best thing you can do is take this Craftsy Class: Fondant Frills with Maggie Austin. (The class is 50% off as I write this post!!)
My cabbage roses weren’t exactly like hers (and not nearly as perfect), but that’s where I got the general idea for them. I also made some simple ribbon roses – similar to the ones in this tutorial: How to Make Simple Fondant Ribbon Roses.
For the anchor on top, I printed out a template, then laid it over gum paste and cut it out with an Xacto knife. I let it dry for a couple of days, then used gold luster dust mixed with lemon extract to paint it. It was then attached to a lollipop stick with melted candy melts and that was pushed into the top of the cake to make it a topper.
As you can see from the picture, I hadn’t really mastered painting with luster dust at that time… it was pretty rough up close. Oh, and next time… I’d just use an anchor cookie cutter instead of hand-cutting. Live and learn!!
I don’t remember how many cake boards I taped together to get the board that thick, but it was a lot! When I had the boards the same height as the width of the ribbon (about 1.5″ wide), I covered the top board in gold glitter paper, then used hot glue to attach the navy striped ribbon. It was such a great addition to this cake!
The basics of the Girly Nautical Anchor Cake… the tiers were 5″ and 7″ round cakes. I don’t have any notes on the flavor of the cake, but the frosting was vanilla buttercream. The anchor was gum paste; t he flowers were homemade marshmallow fondant.
That’s it… nothing else to share that I can think of! Do you have any questions about this cake? Leave me a comment! Happy Caking!
Here are some other Nautical-themed cakes I’ve done (links beneath the pictures):