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    « The Silver Seventy | Main | Planet Cake 101 »
    Sunday
    Feb272011

    Finally, a pink cake!!

    I admit it, I have always been a pink girl. Growing up, my bedroom was pink from top to bottom, and even now I have more than my fair share of the pastel pink in my wardrobe.

    But although I love my son dearly, I longed for the day I could 'think pink'

    Then my wonderful friend Kellie asked me to make her daughter's christening cake. Finally - a little girls cake!!

    What to do...balloons, teddies, booties, sleeping babies, the possibilities were endless. Kellie was easy going when it came to design. Simply, we had to feed 60 adults and 30 children, and she would like chocolate mud. I had the invite for colour/theme matching and the rest was up to me.

    I decided on a 3 tier cake, topped with balloons and teddies, in pink, brown and cream colours.
    If the general public knew just how much chocolate,sugar and butter is used in baking mud cakes, I'm sure they would think twice about going back for seconds....in the cakes alone I used a kilo of butter, 800g of chocolate, and 4 cups of sugar. Not to mention torting each cake into 3, and layering with chocolate ganache. This is definitely not a diet-friendly cake!!!

    Gemma's cake was my first 3 tiered cake, so this week was also an exercise in organization and time-management. Each step of the process, the baking, ganaching, icing and assembly was best done in stages, with 24 hours in-between. This time frame is essential for ensuring a great and professional result.

    Not to mention the making of the teddies and balloons, which have to be made at least a couple of days in advance to ensure they harden properly. Luckily,  modelling fondant is similar to playing with play-dough. And due to having a creative 3 yr old, my play-dough skills are definitely up to scratch.!!!

    So, check out the pictures and tell me what you think? Is there anything you would have differently, colours, or design... I did decide that I would go easy on the pink (a tough decision, I know!), and just have a nice light colour, set off with the ribbon. Too subtle?...still not sure, but I was happy with it all the same.

    Gemma, I hope you loved your cake, I really enjoyed making it for you. And thanks Kellie for trusting me with such a special task.

    All Photos © Michael Tristram Photography    www.mbtphotography.net

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