Beauty and the Beast Cake

Beauty and the Beast CakeBeauty and the Beast is my most beloved of the classic Disney movies.  The music, the choreography, the characters, her dress, his giving her a library as a gift ... it's all so wonderful.

I've loved it since I was a little girl, and I'm so excited to see the new live version with Emma Watson.  This was the opening weekend for the movie, and although I wasn't able to go see it yet, I did make a cake to celebrate...

This is my first three-tiered cake, and I just love how regal it looks.  Just like a princess should.  The cake is lemon poppyseed, filled with lemon curd, and frosted with lemon buttercream (similar recipe posted here).  For the bottom tier, I dragged an icing spatula through the buttercream to create the simple texture.  On the middle tier, a medium-sized ruffle tip to pipe all the ruffles, and on the top tier, a small open star tip to pipe the swags and rosettes.



Beauty and the Beast Cake



A few years ago, I bought a teacup and teapot cookie cutter, with no plan of how I might someday use them, but I liked them, and enjoyed having them in my collection for future use.  And as it turns out, they were perfect for creating Mrs. Potts and Chip.  Using white gum paste, I cut two of each shape, and then placed them on top of each other, sealing the edges with a few drops of water, and a popsicle stick in between the layers to insert into the cake later.  With a sharp knife, I cut the little chip out of Chip.  After letting them dry for a few minutes on parchment paper, I added a few more bits of gum paste to Mrs. Potts to create a little ruffle around her lid.  And then, I just used a small paintbrush, a few drops of vodka, and gold and silver luster dust to add lots of shimmer.  For the finishing touches, I used a black edible marker for their eyes, eyebrows, and mouths, and dry-brushed luster dust in pink and purple for Mrs. Potts' makeup.  Aren't they so cute?

The rose was much quicker to make with some gum paste I tinted with red gel food coloring.  I recently bought this little rose cutter on Craftsy, and it really makes making roses so much easier.  I used to cut a bunch of little circles, lay them out in a row, and roll them up to make roses, but this simplifies the process, especially if you need to make a whole bunch.  After making the rose (and the single petal that falls), I let it dry on some crumpled tin foil to give it the shape I wanted, and then brushed the whole thing with silver luster dust and a few drops of vodka to make it sparkle.

This cake was so much fun to make, and I just love how magical it turned out.  And of course, even more fun, was getting to eat lemon cake.


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Beauty and the Beast Cake

Beauty and the Beast Cake

Beauty and the Beast Cake


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