This is by far my FAVORITE cake. When I started the design process, this EXACT design is what was in my head and I couldn’t have been more excited that it came out exactly as I had hoped.
I love designs including textured layers of cake and my hope was that this cake would maintain its elegance after the grass layer was completed. In my head, the concept seemed *amazing* but I was a bit concerned that it would look a bit childish when it was completed.
It didn’t. :)
As soon as I started assembling the cake, I started getting excited…….
Like REALLY excited! So excited in fact that I emailed Carrie at Half Baked, the Cake Blog to see if perhaps she was interested in featuring it on her awesome site.
She said yes, by the way. :) You can see the write up here.
I think the painted poppies are what make this cake “pop”. I made them from gumpaste, let them completely dry and hand-painted them using various blue food colorings diluted with vodka. After they dried, I came back and did a bit of highlighting with white food coloring. A little yellow gumpaste, a bunch of stamen and a toothpick were all I used for the centers. Again, I was going for a painting so I didn’t bother with trying to make them look real.
The grass was incredibly tedious. I used a lily flower cutter and cut off the bottom portion so that I had a strip of leaves. Using a ball tool, I lengthened each leaf and softened the edges. I did this for hours and hours (6) with multiple shades of green to achieve the ombre look.
The final step I did on this cake was to dust the yellow tier with gold luster dust. I didn’t think that it really showed up until I saw these fabulous photos from Sylwia Ok Photography.
All in all, I could not have been more pleased with the outcome of this cake! It makes me happy and since it was Mother’s Day and there were 8 inches of snow on the ground in Alaska, I could have used all the “happy” I could find! :)