As we brace ourselves for a scary ice storm here in southern Mississippi, I find myself trying to squeeze in as much time as I can online! Because that’s what’s important, right? Avoiding internet withdrawal in the face of an extended power outage??
Just kidding… sort of.
But seriously, this type of weather is so rare down here and our homes and power/water lines aren’t designed to deal with this sort of thing, so we are expecting things to be rough for a few days.
In fact, the electric companies are already sending out automated messages and texts warning customers that we might not have power for 3-5 days starting tomorrow… very scary for us warm-weather folks (who can often wear t-shirts and shorts on Christmas day or New Years).
Anyway… so I thought I’d get one last cake post up before we go possibly “dark”… hahaha! I really hope that doesn’t happen. I have a wedding and groom’s cake order due on Saturday and baking without electricity is probably going to pose a challenge :-/
That aside, let me tell you about this cake! I’ve done princess cakes and ruffles cakes before – so there was nothing really “new” about this cake – but I was still totally in love with it when it was finished!
For the bottom tier, it was pink ombre fondant ruffles. You can see how I do the fondant ruffles in my picture and video tutorial here. If you remember, that tutorial was shot while making this exact cake 🙂
Going from the bottom up…
… here’s a close up of the pearl border.
I used a silicone pearl mold to make the pearls. Funny thing… a couple of weeks ago my brother was hanging out here while I worked on cake orders. I was telling him that I didn’t want to really put pearls on that particular cake because I thought it didn’t need them.
He basically tells me to “suck it up” and do the pearls because that’s what the customer wanted. So a bit later, I pull out the pearl mold and start making pearls and Jake (my brother) says, “What?? You don’t even do cake anymore! You’re such a cheater! I thought you didn’t want to do pearls because it was going to take a long time to roll out all those little balls and here you are using this ‘mold’ and it takes like 3 minutes!”…
Ha! I told him… “Work smarter, not harder!” Pearl molds are not cheap, but they’ve saved me so much time over the past couple of years – I cannot imagine not using them!
For the name on the cake, I used my trusty and favorite Funky Alphabet Cutters. I get so many questions about how to use these – I really need to do that tutorial next!
And last but not least – the gum paste tiara cake topper. You will find my how to make a gum paste tiara tutorial here. I added bright pink sugar pearls on this one and it was a slightly different pattern from my ‘usual’ tiara.
This cake was done back in September of 2013 and that same weekend I did three other cakes (including a wedding cake and cupcakes not pictured), but here’s this cake with two of the others:
That was a fun (and very busy!!) weekend!
Do you have any questions about the Ombre Ruffles Princess Tiara Cake? Leave a comment!