Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sweet 16 Cake for Cake Central Magazine

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This cake was done for Cake Central Magazine
a couple of months ago.
So glad that it's finally legal to share it with you!
The magazine makes you promise to wait 6 weeks
or what seems like f-o-r-e-v-e-r before you can share.

The requirements for the submission:
a sophisticated and elegant Sweet 16 cake.
Seemed simple enough at first.
My research of Sweet 16 parties led me to lots of pink and black, 
a boat load of animal stripes and glitter, 
but nothing that qualified as sophisticated or elegant.
The challenge was going to be a bit tougher than I'd thought.
I settled on designing a simple tiara
since many girls have a princess theme for their parties.
After stalking soliciting the opinions from some 16 year olds
for their color preference, this purple color scheme won out.

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You don't get to find out whether or not you're in or out
of the magazine until moments before it is published.
I'd missed the "Congratulations" email,
(sent to a different email account moments before)
and only saw the one letting me know that I could now
view my digital copy via my subscription.
I was gingerly turning the pages quite certain
that my design hadn't been included.
Imagine my surprise when it was the first of those
featured and received 3 whole pages!
Lots of smiles that day making the design frustrations well worth it.

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Details: Edible wafer paper fantasy flowers and vines,
brushed ganache finish, edible image tiara and non-edible bling.

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Thanks for the invitation to design for your magazine Cake Central!
Kind of felt like a version of "Food Network Challenge" for a bit.
Without the cameras.

Happy Caking!

8 comments:

Kate said...

Congrats on having your cake published. It is beautiful cake. I absolutely love the color scheme!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Kate - Thanks so much for the kind words. Happy Caking!

simple baking said...

congrats! The cake looks amazing. Your blog has a wealth of information regarding cake decorating and I really want to thank you for sharing all the helpful tips and know-how.
Have a nice day!
Anuja.

jass28 said...

How did you color the ganache? This is so elegant and amazing. How tap were the tiers?

Fairly Odd Mother said...

jass28: The chocolate was Merkens Orchid confectionary wafers. Tier sizes bottom to top: 8" round x 6" tall; 6" round x 6" tall; 4.5" round x 5" tall. All dummies. Hope this helps.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Anuja: Thanks for the kindness.

jass28 said...

Yes thank you. Simply amazing did you make some sort of ganache with the wafers to cover?

Fairly Odd Mother said...

The finish started off as fondant which didn't work well this time. So I switched to chocolate panels. Which also didn't work. I learned not to hurry so much after that. A layer of ganache from confectionary coating then a final brush with thinned coating of the same color. Hope this helps!