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The Daisy Cake

If you’ve been reading here any length of time at all, you know that I once spent 10 years as a professional cake decorator.  This was 20 years ago, but it’s one of those things that, once you know it (and do it for 12 – 16 hours a day, 6 days a week), you never forget how it’s done.   And as I mentioned when I showed the pictures of the Tractor Cake, while it’s a stressful occupation, cake decorating makes a wonderful hobby.

At any rate, word of the Tractor Cake got around, and another friend approached me to do a cake for a small graduation party she was having for her daughter.  This one was a little different – the young lady in question didn’t want fondant, as this was to be an “eating” cake.  LOL  What she wanted was a chocolate cake with mocha icing and aqua-colored gerber daisies.

I had no problem with the chocolate or mocha parts, but the daisies left me at a bit of a loss – they’re not exactly something you can pipe out of icing, especially the icing I was planning on using for this cake.  (The icing was Rose Levy Berenbaum’s Neoclassic Buttercream with the addition of melted bittersweet chocolate, instant coffee dissolved in a little hot water, and a couple of tablespoons of Kahlua.   You can find the basic recipe here, and while it says it is easier to use a hand mixer to make it, I prefer using my KitchenAid stand mixer.)  Nor did I think they would quite work with fondant, either – fondant is fairly soft, and while it will dry and become stiff, it never completely hardens.  It’s more like clay.

So I decided I’d use gum paste for the daisies, a medium I’d never worked in before.  I’m pleased to say that the flowers came out better than I could have hoped for – I made them Friday night, and they were completely dry by Saturday morning when it was time to decorate.  I’m also pleased to say the cake came out beautifully; I was a little dubious about the combination of brown and aqua, but it was really lovely.

Gerber Daisy Cake

Gerber Daisy Cake

Gerber Daisy Cake Detail

Gerber Daisy Cake Detail


Michele says:

Holy Cow! You do fantastic work.
I bow to your cake decorating abilities.

Be says:

All that beauty and talent too! I will confess to eating a piece of this – to die for!

Sara says:

Gorgeous Jan! I’d a like a Paleo one please…

Seriously? I thought the flowers were produced professionally! Awesome job!

Gretchen says:

You MADE those daisies?! I’m absolutely stunned. They look almost plastic they’re so perfect. I’m so impressed I’m stunned.

Be says:

You can’t even tell how good the detail work is in these photos.

Joasia says:

The masterpiece!

Ohhhhhh! That turned out GORGEOUS! Can I recruit you to make a Hunger Games Cake in November for Princess Nagger? I’ll pay in wine… 😉

Lisa says:

Holy Cow indeed! Wow. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

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