I discovered that I was getting increasingly interested in cake decorating, mainly watching these amazing bakers on "Ace of Cakes" and similar shows on TLC. Not sure how I started googling cake decorating, and there I was watching youtube instructional videos, and reading all sorts of material cake related.
I then started longing for the perfect opportunity to give it a try. After a few weeks of reading and learning, mainly practicing in my mind, I decided to challenged myself and make an engagement party cake. Thing is, I didn't say a word to anyone until the day before the actual party, when I was one step away from being done with the cake.
I decided to make a 3-tier pink and purple cake, with the top tier shaped as a heart. I made the fondant 2 days before, baked the cake the evening before, and assembled and decorated it the day of. I woke up that morning very excited, not knowing whether I would need to throw the whole thing away or if it would look like something that was worth being displayed and eaten at such an important party. Then I just thought to myself I was crazy to even attempt such a thing. Why did I not start by making a smaller cake and tried my hand at decorating in a simple and easy way?
When I had shared my idea with my husband, he himself did not believe I would be able to make it and he lovingly said "I have to see it to believe it". He thought I would chicken out. And my sisters and aunties just laughed at me... that is until they saw this:
Yup!!! I did it!!! It really was a working progress as in, a mess the whole time, especially in my head, as my ideas and my inspiration were constantly changing. I wasn't sure what the end result would be and really, the colors and the shape of the cake as well as the details of the decoration took their final shape when I was done with it!! It was a huge success especially because it was a surprise gift.
I have now decided to let friends and family now that this is what I do and I am willing to make free cakes (as long they pay for the price of the ingredients) so that I get a real opportunity to practice the skills I am slowly learning, until I get confident enough to maybe... sell? Who knows...
For details, it was a red velvet, yellow and chocolate fondant cake with vanilla buttercream icing. It was surprisingly and absolutely delicious.
The cake is far from perfect but me thinks it looks pretty good for a first time. Don't you think??
This was made about a month ago, since then I have made another cake, this past weekend for my auntie's birthday, I'll share pictures with you in another post! Before that, here are a few more pics of my baby cake.
|the cake (viewed from the back) chilling in the fridge, waiting to get picked up!|
|The front part of the cake|
|the heart-shaped top tier with a beautiful purple bow|
|the back of the cake (a friend said the top looked like boobs 0 _ o )|
|Adding finishing touches after transferring it from the turntable.|