Shirt Father's Day Cake
The Story behind this Cake
I made this cake for my dad this past Father's Day.
I actually got the idea to make a shirt cake for my dad because we had recently traveled to Canada for my brother's wedding and my dad looked handsome in his new grey suit, and tie I gifted him. I knew I had succeeded with this cake when my parents saw the cake and right away said how it matches what he wore to the wedding! :)
The cake was a lot of fun to make. I wanted to put a tropical twist to it and since we live in Florida, why not use pineapple!? Delicious pineapple. The cake was two layers of vanilla pound cake lightly infused with pineapple syrup.
First, I colored some white fondant a yellow-brown base color then scored it to make it look like wood (photo attached) before covering a regular cake board with it and leaving it to dry for a few hours. Then I hand-painted it to give it the colorings of natural wood! :) The photo shows the way it looked when I was done. And I've also enclosed a photo to show you what tools and colors I mixed together to get the colors I wanted for the board and the shirt.
On top of the first cake layer laid on the board, I covered it with dark chocolate ganache and strained crushed pineapple fruit, then put the second cake layer on top. The entire cake was then covered with dark chocolate ganache and fondant. I let this set for a few hours before my children and I decorated it and hand painted it. The tie and hanky were colored white fondant which I rolled out thin enough to form.
I used a Wilton marker to draw the lines on the tie and then used a wet brush to thin it out making it look more normal/less defined. The final thing I did when everything was dry and set, was to brush on the shimmer! My children and I enjoyed this part a lot :) They were very helpful throughout the entire process, so much credit goes to them too.
My son did the shirt tag and wrote "BEST DAD" while my daughter did the shirt pocket and wrote "HAPPY FATHER'S DAY".
The cake was not too sweet but VERY tasty!
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