I think I shared a picture of this The Princess and the Pea Bed cake back when I first did it, but today I wanted to share more pictures and give you all the details!
When I was asked to do this cake, I was a little intimidated but also very excited! I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love getting to design a cake myself and come up with something original! (update: the top tier of this cake was inspired by a cake from Blue Cupcake so it’s not completely my design.)
For this cake, Katie-Grace (mom of Amelie) asked me to do the cake in shades of pink and green and to include a bed, maybe a crown, some peas, etc. The bed was the real challenge for me!
Just in case you were wondering… it was all cake. No rice cereal, no “fake” cake… but all real vanilla cake.
I have pictures of putting it together if anybody’s interested… just leave me a comment and I’ll show you! I finally posted the pics of putting the cake together here: How to Make a Princess and the Pea Bed Cake. But for this post, I’ll just show you the cake before it’s covered in a crumb coat or any fondant…
For the princess, Katie-Grace asked that I give her brown hair – just like Amelie, so I did! I also made this sweet little plaid blanket just for fun… I loved doing all the details on this cake.
Speaking of details – I took some pictures the night I “finished” the cake (like the one above) and more the next morning (like the one below) … do you see what I added after reviewing the pics?
Yep… bows! I just felt like the corners of the bed were missing something … so I added sweet little pink bows!
I tried to make each “mattress” a little different… different colors, different patterns/edges. I used FMM Straight Frill cutters to do a couple of them and I also used a diamond pattern fondant impression mat for the quilted one and a stitching tool for darker pink (coral-ish colored) one.
For Amelie’s name, I used the Wilton Silicone letter molds and I made the tiny 3 using the methods I showed you in this How to Make Fondant Number Toppers tutorial (except it I didn’t put it on as a topper and it was tiny!).
For the “wooden” part of the bed, I used Satin Ice Dark Brown/Chocolate Fondant. I added in tylose so that the head board and foot board would dry hard and stand up… and a wood grain mat to give it texture.
It was “glued” to the end of the bed with sugar glue! I had the hardest time getting the ends to stay put and that made me super-duper nervous. I probably had more anxiety about this bed than I’ve had about a cake in a long time.
With the exception of the brown, all of the fondant on the cake was homemade marshmallow fondant. I used Americolor gel colors to do the cake… leaf green, light pink, dark pink, golden yellow and a touch of orange (for the coral-pink color)…
The bottom tier of the Princess and the Pea bed cake was two layers of 8″ round vanilla cake and for the top, I baked a cake in the alphabet pan and cut out the 3 rectangle cakes to stack up for the bed. Each layer was around 6″x 4″.
Anyway, that’s it!! Be sure to check out the tutorial here for how to make the bed cake!
Do you have any questions about this cake? Do you love it as much as I do!! This is one of my most favorite cakes ever… I can’t always say this, but I was just so proud of how it turned out and loved doing it! Leave me a comment – I’d love to hear from you!