Geisha and Cherry Blossoms Birthday Cake
The Story behind this Cake
I received an e-mail from an existing client of mine, wanting to order a cake for the 40th birthday celebration of her aunt, who would be visiting from the Netherlands. When I saw the inspiration pictures she sent, I was so excited! They wanted a gold tier, a teal tier, Geisha doll, cherry blossoms and a fan. I immediately knew that this would be an awesome cake to work on!
It was my first time making a wired bunch of flowers, so I made the cherry blossoms well in advance, just in case I had to redo them. As it turned out, they were pretty easy to make using gumpaste and Rolkem dusts (www.rolkem.co.za) to bring them to life!
The fan was tricky, though. I couldn't find any tutorials on how to make this kind of fan. First I made a 'shaper' out of thick paper, but that didn't work at all! In the end, I cut a long strip of gumpaste, and carefully folded it, as you would if you were using paper to make a fan. I was VERY surprised at how well that actually worked!
The Geisha-doll was pretty simple to make, as the client wanted a rather stylized Geisha, instead of a realistic one. I used gumpaste in the same colours as I used on the cake. I used an edible marker to draw her eyes, a tiny heart-shaped cutter for her mouth, and added some blush to her cheeks with Rolkem dust. I finished her off with a tiny little gumpaste fan, and a flower in her hair.
About a week before the cake was ordered, I happened to watch a free tutorial by Kara's Couture Cakes on her blog, on how to get a shimmer effect on a fondant cake, and I knew that I could apply the same technique to get the gold on the top tier. I first covered the cake in pale yellow fondant, before using a large soft brush to apply the Rolkem Super Gold dust.
The bottom tier was a double barrel 8 inch and was over 6 inches tall! I used the paneling method (here is a great free tutorial to cover the cake in the teal fondant).
I received a lovely message from the recipient of the cake, telling me that she was blown away when she saw her cake at the party and that her guests couldn't stop taking photos of the cake! She told me that she is keeping the fan, Geisha-doll and cherry blossoms, and that she was taking them back to the Netherlands with her as a fond keepsake. Messages like that makes cake decorating that much more rewarding.
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