Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sweet Little Blue Cake

Happy (almost) Spring! Last year at about this time, I made a little bright yellow cake to try to help usher in springtime. You might remember it and it is still one of my all-time favorites. You can find all of the details about that cake here.

This is always the time of year when we long for spring to come, for winter and cold temperatures to tuck themselves away for the season and be done, and for the sun to shine warmly once again. This year is no different. In fact, I think we are all longing for spring even more than usual after this hard and utterly cold winter we've all had!

This cake reminds me of spring, though I made it last fall. It is also one of my all-time favorites!

This is a cake I made to share with two of my closest friends on our annual girls' weekend. These girls are the best and we sure to have a lot of fun together! Though we don't live near each other anymore, we always seem to be able to pick up right where we left off. Everyone should have friends like these! So, special cake for special friends. Seems fitting, doesn't it?

I began this extra-tall cake (7 inches, as opposed to the normal 3.5 to 4 inches tall) with my favorite dark chocolate cake recipe, filling with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream and covered with dark chocolate ganache. I then covered all of that with fondant in what is currently one of my favorite colors. It's kind of a light teal/aqua color - blue with just a hint of green.

For the decoration, I used edible paper. You can buy edible paper at your local craft store that sells cake decorating supplies. I used the Wilton brand edible paper, but you could use any you like. I then used a paper punch that I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby a long time ago and have never used on non-edible paper. (Some of you are laughing now because you know I am NOT a scrapbooker! I do admire those of you who do an amazing job with paper-crafting!) I punched out strips, then lined them up and attached them to the fondant with a little paint brush (also reserved only for food and not real paint) dipped in some water.

This was such an easy way to get a fun graphic design onto the cake! I really love love love this technique!

I put the edible paper design about two-thirds of the way up the cake and place a ribbon (non-edible, though you could certainly use the edible paper or fondant for this too) at the top of the graphic design.

I then made a quick little fantasy flower out of fondant and attached it to the top edge of the cake. The center of the flower is just three little balls of the blue fondant that I used to cover the cake.

I love how the blue and white look in this cake and how it all came together!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy spring!!