It's a widely known fact that I have the worst luck on the planet when it comes to electronics. Once again I found myself with a laptop this week due to a complete hard drive failure.
Sooo, I haven't blogged since I posted the BIG giveaway because typing on my tablet is just a pain. It's doable, and I've used it to keep up with email and reply to messages that I deemed urgent, but otherwise, I couldn't bring myself to spend a lengthy amount of time fighting my tiny keyboard trying to edit pics and write long narratives, so I'm had an unintended break.
Anywho - I couldn't stand it anymore - I absolutely love blogging and I just had to share. So I hijacked my son's new laptop that we just bought for him for apprenticeship school so I could post today.
Since I won't have access to my piles and piles of archived pictures for a couple of weeks so until then, I'll have to share some more recent cakes that are on my current SD Card.
I chose the first one that I came across to share today... this White Lace Christening Cake with Wafer Paper Flower.
Now before I share any other details, let's talk about this flower. A few weeks ago I made a pink flower for a cake and at the last minute, realized it wasn't big enough for the cake...it just didn't look right.
I panicked - knowing I didn't have time to make another gum paste flower and let it dry.... but didn't know what to do instead. And then, in a moment of genius (those are very rare for me!!), I thought about the whole stack of wafer paper I had on my shelf.
I bought the wafer paper months ago and didn't use it for anything... then in the course of a couple of weeks I made this Christening Cake and this birthday cake for my niece... both with wafer paper ruffles. And I was hooked.
In the back of my brain, I remembered that in one of Jessica Harris' Craftsy classes, she taught how to make an easy wafer paper flower. So I quickly logged on and found it... in this Simply Modern Cake Design class.
I re-watched that part of the class and in 10 minutes or less... I had made this flower:
Soooo.... when I was asked to do the Christening Cake, my client didn't have an exact design in mind. She wanted simple, elegant, classic.... and all white. She also asked if I could try to not have it look "wedding-y" if possible. I immediately knew I wanted to do another wafer paper flower.
For the rest of the design, I tossed around several ideas and looked at a hundred cakes on Pinterest (follow me on Pinterest HERE!) and finally decided I wanted to also do lace (the cake was for two little girls) plus the cross to keep it from looking like a wedding cake.
I added pearls to the bottom of the top tier (see how I do sugar pearls here) and then I used lace on the bottom tier plus a impression mat on the board for more texture. You can see that better in this picture:
You might recognize the lace from this wedding cake ... you can find that Wide Scalloped Lace Border mold here. And you can find the impression mat I used on the board here. It wasn't a perfect match but that didn't bother me (or the client!)... I actually liked the extra interest and texture a lot.
Aside from the lace, as soon as I posted the cake on Facebook, the question most asked was about the cross. I bought the mold for it ages ago and it worked beautifully for this cake. It's a Renaissance Cross Mold... and it's very useful and versatile (other crosses, fish and fleur de lis on the mold!).
Last details... the cake was 5" and 8" tiers of chocolate cake with Oreo cookies & Cream filling plus vanilla buttercream, then covered and decorated with marshmallow fondant. And of course - the wafer paper flower 🙂
Okay - so I think that's all I can tell you about this cake. I was so happy with it and the client absolutely loved it too!
If you have any questions, ask me in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer if I can! Happy Caking!
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