Spring Flowers Birthday Cake

by Jenn Mancini
(Huntington Beach, CA)

Spring Flowers Birthday Cake

Spring Flowers Birthday Cake

This is a flowery cake I made for my sister’s birthday! I just completed Wilton’s Course #4 for Advanced Gum Paste Flowers and used all of the blooms I made in class (plus a few purple roses I learned in Course #3 just for fun) to decorate her cake.

The flowers were made in advance, out of rolled gum paste using Wilton’s method and cutters, and the colors were accented with color dust. In this design I utilized a stargazer lily, lily leaves, yellow sweet peas, pink blossoms, briar roses, white stephanotis and buds, ivy leaves and purple roses. The flowers were mounted on wire and wrapped with floral tape so they could be twisted together into sprays or bent at artistic angles.

First, I baked the cake layers using an 8-inch pan and a 9-inch pan. Usually I try to use pans that are more different in size, but this one came out almost looking like an Easter hat, which is kind of fun. Each tier is two layers of Funfetti cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. I covered the 12-inch cake board in green fondant, imprinted with a vine print mat to echo the floral theme. Each cake tier was covered in pure white fondant, which I flavored with a little bit of vanilla extract. I put a bit of piping gel on the cake board before setting down the bottom tier, and it has four bamboo dowels in it for support. Each tier also has a cardboard base underneath, which was cut to fit the cake exactly.

Next I piped a line of buttercream around the bottom edge of the top tier (using Tip #5), and created a line of rainbow sprinkles, as a hint that there is Funfetti cake inside. Then I rolled out more white fondant and used a small leaf cutter to make the border around the bottom tier. Then I piped freehand scrollwork on all open areas of the cake (also using Tip #5). I made sure to pipe the design over any marks or tears in the fondant to help hide them, and any breaks in the scrollwork were also made less noticeable by adding sugar pearls in those spots.

Finally, the fun part... arranging all of the flowers! I began with the biggest blooms and then used the smaller ones to help cover any blank spots or wires that were showing. My sister loved this cake enough to pose for pictures with it and best of all, gum paste flowers can be kept as a souvenir long after the cake is gone. :)

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May 04, 2012
nice NEW
by: Anonymous

it's simply beautiful and creative. the flowers are nice

Apr 27, 2012
Thanks! NEW
by: Jenn

You are all so kind... thank you so much. I have been doing this for about a year, and this means a lot to me. <3

Apr 27, 2012
Congratulations NEW
by: cakelady61

Absolutely gorgeous!! I have been decorating cakes for 35+ years, but this one takes the cake, so to speak. Congratulations!!!

Apr 10, 2012
:) NEW
by: Jen

Looks Great Jenn!!!!

Mar 24, 2012
Beautiful NEW
by: Barbara K

Congratulations! Beautiful Spring Design.

Mar 07, 2012
SO BEAUTIFUL NEW
by: NANCY OF CA

YOUR FLOWERS ARE SO PRETTY AND THE WHOLE CAKE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL. YOU HAVE DONE EXCELLENT IN TAKING THE CLASSES. LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO BECOMING A CAKE PRO. LOVE IT, AND KEEP IT UP.

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