Wildflower Basket Birthday Cake
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The Story behind this Cake
This cake was definitely a labour of love, as it was for my best friends birthday. She lives over 1300 miles away, but she is a cake decorator as well and I knew that she would appreciate the time and love that went into this project. She got me started on cake decorating and I felt this was a perfect 'thank you', since she helped me to find my art.
Cake is dark chocolate, baked in a giant cupcake pan, and dirty iced with a chai buttercream. All of the flowers are gumpaste and the ivy and leaves are homemade modeling chocolate.
The sunflower on the right took me about 7 hours, as I cut, ruffled, and individually pinned every petal. On the second sunflower, I used a slightly different method which took only an hour or so, that being said, I prefer the look of the first method, it's so much cleaner and more accurate-looking, I think.
The most difficult part of the cake for me were the pansies. I could never find a decent pansy tutorial on the Internet, so I had to figure it out on my own from step one. I do like the look of them, and will definitely be making a tutorial once I perfect the method.
When I make my cakes, I always take mental notes of what I will do differently the next time. With this cake, I will definitely weave the basket flat first instead of trying to weave it on the cake, I will use a slightly stronger structure for the handle, and I will remember to layer the flowers before I start pinning and gluing them to the cake :).
My favorite tools in this project were my trusty exacto knife, my color shapers, and my veining tool. That veining tool got quite a workout with this cake!
Thanks for all the cake love!!
Julie from The Cake Builder.
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