Today we'll be having Easter dinner with friends who are "orphans" like us, without family in town to spend the holidays with.
I had been planning to make my peanut butter cheesecake again, since nothing says Easter like chocolate and peanut butter. But then a friend asked if I could make a birthday cake instead, as a surprise for one of the girls who would be at dinner.
So I baked a white cake, whipped up some fluffy vanilla bean buttercream and frosted the cake in a design I'm calling "watercolor stripes".
There is a wonderful blog called Jones Design Company, and the designer Emily creates these beautiful, seasonal watercolor prints which she makes available for download. This print is from her spring collection - isn't it gorgeous? If you've never been to her blog, I hope you will pay a visit. And once you start looking around, you may not want to leave, because there's so much creativity and inspiration - the lovely soft hues of her watercolor artwork was my inspiration for this cake.
|Photo and Artwork from Jones Design Company|
The blended stripes were actually quite easy to make. After first frosting the cake in a crumb coat of white buttercream and letting it chill, I filled a piping bag to pipe the frosting on in a even layer, starting at the top, and one fourth of the way down the sides. Then I added a drop or two of purple food coloring to get a pale lavender color, and piped the next section. Then I repeated that twice more, each time tinting the frosting just a little darker.
After the frosting was in place, I took my bench scraper and lightly ran it around the sides, two or three times, until the frosting was smooth and the stripes blended together seamlessly. It's a pretty effect, don't you think?
So as not to ruin the pretty cake with writing (and because I have awful cake writing skills), I made bunting to wish the birthday girl a happy birthday. I made the letters in Excel and printed them on card stock; then by punching a small hole punched in each corner I was able to run the twine through the bunting without needing to use any glue or tape.
I loved the look of this cake so much, I sat and stared at it for a while and dreamed of all the other cakes I want to decorate this summer with other pretty pastel stripes.
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