Rain, Rain Cake

We've been experiencing an unusually wet spring this May.  The air is chilly, and the skies grey, with the steady drip of raindrops pattering on the ground.  I don't mind it at all.

I've even gotten to use my black and white polkadot umbrella with its pretty ruffled edge twice this week, which I love, although my husband refuses to walk underneath it.

It was the rain which inspired this little cake.

I rarely play with fondant anymore, having come to realize that I far prefer just buttercream, but this cake is covered in mostly buttercream with just a few fondant decorations.

They are easy to create, with a small teardrop cutter for the raindrops and two different sizes of circle cutters for the umbrella.  Just cut a circle of fondant measuring about 3 inches in diameter, then use a smaller circle cutter to cut the bottom edge of the umbrella.  Roll a little piece of fondant between your hands to make the handle, and adhere everything to the cake with small dabs of light corn syrup or piping gel.

I adore the umbrella, but the fluffy buttercream storm clouds might be my favorite part.