I think every cake decorator loves to hear, just make it look pretty. At least, this cake decorator loves to hear that.
With a request for a smash cake for a girl's first birthday party, and coordinating cupcakes for the guests, the only instructions I had were to use pink and yellow for the colors.
The smash cake was chocolate cake, and I decorated it with all buttercream, because who wouldn't love to see a baby covered in pink and yellow icing and chocolate? Since there was no theme, I decided to pipe different birthday-ish designs all around the sides such as cupcakes, candles and balloons. I loved decorating this cake and it was so fun to make it pretty and girly.
The only non-buttercream element was the M on top, which I made out of gum paste. Since it's hard, and secured with toothpicks, it should be removed before the cake is given to the baby.
For the cupcakes, they asked for vanilla, chocolate and carrot cake, so of course I topped the carrot cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream, and the others with vanilla buttercream which I tinted pink and yellow.
The garnishes were simple and sweet, easy little flowers that I created by cutting circles from rolled gum paste.
I've recently discovered that mixing your own gum paste from the powdered mix is much better than buying the pre-mixed paste. Not only does the powdered mix taste much better (more similar to the sweet taste of fondant), but you can control how much you make, so that you're not left with extra paste that dries out before you have a chance to use it for another project. And all you need to make the paste is the dry mix, powdered sugar and water.
For an easy photo tutorial on the simple roses I decorated these cupcakes with, as well as garnishing my champagne engagement cake, see below...
To make the roses out of fondant or gum paste:
- Cut 4 or 5 circles of paste, keeping the rest covered to prevent it from drying out. The bigger the circles, the bigger the roses will be.
- Working quickly so the paste doesn't dry, roll one circle up.
- Wrap another circle around the first one, using a small drop of water to seal it.
- Continue wrapping circles around, letting the edges overlap.
- Take a knife and cut right through the center. Now you have 2 little rose buds to use for decoration.
- For a larger, more open rose, follow these same steps, but keep the circles more open at one end, and seal them together at the other end. You can spread them out a little so they curl like rose petals.
- Let the decorations dry for several days on a parchment-lined baking sheet before decorating your cake or cupcakes.
Cake and Cupcake Designs by Curly Girl Kitchen