Kate requested a special cake for her sweet 16 birthday dinner...she loves watching "Ace of Cakes" on Food Network and had her heart set on something fancy, covered in fondant, and two-tiered. Since my baking skills are limited to boxed cake mixes and canned frosting, I set out to order the creation from a local bakery. When I saw the prices for even a small cake ($50-75 and up!), I decided to reinvent myself as a pastry chef overnight and bake it myself. I watched videos on YouTube about crumb coating, made a trip to Michael's for rolled fondant and other supplies, and started making a mess of my kitchen. It took most of the day but here's the result...far from perfect and Duff Goldman won't be feeling threatened, but it pleased our girl.
|Purple, black and white...it matched her balloons and her dress!|
|Try to ignore the wrinkles in the fondant and just admire the pretty black and white sugar paper design instead.|
|Two tiers, fondant, fancy and girly...as requested.|
|The candles worked just fine!|
Next birthday up...Madiyar in 3 weeks. I'm hoping he'd like a pan of brownies.