This Lavender, Gold, & Mint Green Princess Cake was made for a "Tutus & Tiaras" birthday party! This cake was fit for a princess: it included sparkles, ruffles, pretty colors and a gold crown!
Before I tell you about the cake - let me tell you about life.
Why I haven't been writing much...
I am stressed beyond what I thought possible right now. I won't get into details, but the short story is - our medical insurance is giving us fits about paying for most of Sarah's bills related to her accident. There's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't be paying them... but they aren't. At least not yet.
Update on Sarah:
Let me interject a short Sarah update... she's 100% recovered from the accident, except for her missing teeth. You can't see in this pic (from a couple of weeks ago), but she's still missing one tooth on bottom and she has partial dentures temporarily replacing the three lost teeth on top. A huge thanks and big hug to all of you who've continued to pray for her and ask about her. It means the world!
So I've spent hours on the phone, on the computer, crying in my hands, going over bills and benefits and ugh... what a mess. The original bills since February have been pending for months. And while this is a pain (it's a huge amount of money) the hospital has reassured us that they are continually working with the insurance company to get this fixed.
But things really got overwhelming when we had to cancel a surgery (the first of a few procedures to get her permanent implants) about three weeks ago.
The insurance was denying the pre-authorization and the hospital wanted us to pay in full before they'd do the procedure. So it was rescheduled and the battle started. And the last three weeks have been maddening, to say the least.
We have about two more weeks before the procedure is set to happen again, so we're praying that all of this will be resolved before then. We just want to move on with getting her teeth fixed so she can get back to 100% normal (vs. having dentures at the ripe old age of 15).
Anyway - I'm saying all of that to say this ... I've sat down to start this post (and a few others), several times. But every time I've ended up distracted or just too tired to muster up the excitement I like to normally portray when I talk about cake.
So that's why tonight's post is different. I decided the only way I might be able to get throught talking about a pretty, pretty cake would be to just pour out my heart first... and then see if I could move on and talk sweets.
Lavender, Gold, & Mint Green Princess Cake
I may not be bubbling over with my normal excitement, but I did adore this cake! And I also have a free template for you if you'd like to make a tiara (or crown) like this one! Just keep reading!
Alrighty... let's talk about the details of this cake. First, I love that it was not a traditional pink princess cake. I initially had my doubts about the mint, lavender and gold, but the final result proved me oh-so-wrong.
My client clearly has amazing taste and her design ideas for this cake were spot on! I should've never doubted... her daughter's first birthday was the cake featured in this post and it was also amazing!
For the colors, I used Americolor gel colors to for the purple and a tiny bit of this green to get the mint color. The gold was painted on using Imperial Gold Luster dust and lemon extract. I mixed the dust and extract until I got a thick paint consistency and painted it on.
The Cake Board
The cake board was covered in gold glitter paper and I used lavender ribbon to wrap it. There's a tutorial for how I cover my cake boards here. I made the tutu ruffles with fondant, then used toothpicks to prop them up while they dried.
Once they were standing out on their own, I removed the toothpicks, then painted the gold edges on with the same mixture I talked about above.
See the full Tiny Bow Tutorial here --> https://rosebakes.com/make-tiny-fondant-gum-paste-bows-cakes/
The Gold Sparkly Crown (or do you call it a tiara?)
And last, but not least, let's talk about the crown.
The tiara/crown was made with gum paste. I used an Xacto blade to cut it out, then wrapped it around a can to dry. After it was dry enough to stand on it's own, I sprayed it gold with PME Gold Spray, then before it dried, I sprinkled on gold glitter to give it more sparkle 🙂
I have a full tutorial for how to make the crown here. BUT - if you already know how and you just need the template, enter your email below! As soon as you click subscribe, a new window will open so you can download the template!
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I almost forgot to share the cupcakes I made to go with this cake!
Alrighty, I think that's everything I've got for you! Did I miss anything? As always, leave me comment if you have any questions!