I present to you the “mosake” (mosaic cake)!
Me and my better-half celebrate our birthdays on the first days of January and, of course, the dates could not go without a cake.
The original idea was to make a simple cake with a mosaic band in the middle, but it felt wrong. Well not wrong… but little. As I was assembling, it was just too cute to be only a band and I went for the whole thing.
The succulents were a personal challenge. I have been thinking about succulents for a while, since they are everywhere in the (use-to-be-dry-not-anymore…) California, and this was a great match! The colors complement well and they look well placed.
- 6 x 8 in (it was quite tall);
- Orange and chocolate cake;
- White chocolate ganache filling;
- Gumpaste succulents and cords.
Special thanks to Valerie Pradhan, from the Wilton Method, from who I learnt the technique to make this beauty possible.
Putting to practice some piping techniques…
After sketching some mandalas, drop lines and flowers, I decided to do a peacock. In order the make the experiment even more interesting though, I have spiced it up a bit with an art nouveau influence.
I’m glad with the overall result. Really stands out, especially from a distance.
Just as a reference, I’m also putting the “before and after” of this majestic creature.
- 8 in cake
- Royal icing piping
- Blue, golden and copper pearl dust
Tip of the month: if you are beginning your piping practice, don’t start with a dark color! If you make a mistake with an white icing you can just scrape it out and start over. Darker colors can be challenging.
It’s all about colors!
A few days ago I have started my wafer flower experiments craving for some color. Today, I present you the pattern painted wafer cake!
Again, the flowers are quick to make, technique and some patience and everything will come together quite rapidly, the painting on the other hand…
The thing that I like most about it, though, is the depth sensation obtained with the color overlay on each roll.
Quite proud with the result!
- Wafer roled roses and wafer opened (dust painted) rose
- 8 in cake
- Edible painting
- Stencil pattern