This is the last cake I have in my 2012 photo files that I haven’t posted (unless I missed one by accident!). This Teal & Lavender Swirled Buttercream Roses 15th Birthday Cake was done for a young lady celebrating her 15th birthday!
When her mom described to me what she wanted, I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, but when I was finished, I was soooo happy with it!
She asked me to do the soft roses… and somehow swirl together lavender/purple frosting with teal frosting. She also wanted a “15” on the cake.
To get the swirled effect, I did something along the lines of this technique over at Our Best Bites. My method wasn’t exactly like that (I made mine up that day and found their tutorial when searching today!), but that’s the closest I can find to how I did it!
For the 15, I found a font I like, resized the “15” to a good size for toppers and printed it out. Then I rolled out some gum paste really thin, smeared a thin coat of shortening on it and laid wax paper on top.
Next I laid the 15 on top of it and used an Xacto knife to cut trace around the 15 and cut out the numbers. Does that make sense? You can see more information on how I make number toppers here. For these, I attached wires on the back to stand them up.
Confession.. before I got his cake to it’s destination, the “5” broke at that skinniest point when I crossed some railroad tracks. I was freaking out, but decided to take them off the top and instead I placed them on the front of the top tier. It was just as cute (I didn’t get a picture), but was sad that the number had broken. I think next time I need to make them thicker or maybe not put them on until I reach the location. Or maybe the wetness of the sugar glue weakened the gum paste… I”m just not sure!?
Anyway, this cake was all vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. For the colors, I *think* I used a mixture of teal and electric blue for the blue… and maybe violet for the purple/lavender. I use all Americolor Gel colors.
You can see lots more of my buttercream roses cakes by scrolling through them here. To pipe the roses, I use a Wilton 1M tip and you can see a tutorial from Amanda on how to pipe Buttercream Roses here.
Do you have any questions about this cake? Please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer and help out!
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