Friday, July 17, 2009

Day at the Beach: Cake Edition

Today I finished and dropped off my most complicated and nerve-wracking cake to date.

The client (please notice the badassery of my use of that word) was throwing a beach-themed staff appreciation party complete with mocktails, leis, and many inflatable beach... thingys. After much consideration and conversation, the client decided that the cake shouldn't have an inscription.

Hmm... Being quite new to cake decorating, I had to think long and hard about a cake that would look interestingly beachy without a written focal point.

And those of you who were curious about the 3D Wilton cake pans that I messed up yesterday will now have all your questions answered.


Ta Da!

It's a beach ball cake. A beach ball. On a beach. Or the ocean connected to that beach. Whatever.


I decided to get a little abstract with the swirly bits around the ball and the edge of the water. I like the whimsy they bring to the otherwise straightforward cake.

The clients were thrilled with the result. They thought the cake was adorable and that I should make a living out of such cakes. And they just about lost it when I told them that though the sheet cake is a basic yellow pound cake, the beach ball is made of a three-layer pina colada cake with crushed pineapple filling.

Everyone's happy.

Except for my family who got to watch the whole process without getting to eat the final product. :)


Anyone wanna go to the beach?

11 comments:

Amber said...

I LOVE the sand. what is that?
and the mere idea of pina colada cake has me salivating.

Evan said...

That's just torture for your family.

Also, the swirls are the foam from the waves. Yup, foam.

Me! said...

mmmmm I want to go ot the beach and eat cake!

Kate said...

That's pretty awesome. I so want cake now.

greenpaper said...

the sand must be brown sugar! it looks delicious. i want to bake with you when i come back to visit!

Hilary said...

You should make a living doing this!

Ash said...

Amazing!!! I love how you did the water and foam!

Plus.. I'm pretty sure I have those same sunglasses!! haha

Amanda said...

Amber: greenpaper's right; the sand is light brown sugar. It's the easiest, most rewarding cake decorating trick. :)

Hilary: I'd love to!

Ash: You have great taste in sunglasses! But honestly... who wouldn't love purple zebra sunglasses??!! ;)

Kate said...

I really do love that you put your sunglasses on to pose with the cake. That's why you win.

Also, yum.

kmari03 said...

Wow!! That looks awesome. Here's the thing about one-half of those round cake pans....

Anyways, you kind of could make a living out of this, but you need a hook. You know like those charm city people are always "gosh darn it, we're punk and hipster AND we love cake!" I will commence thinking of your hook and a title for yourr reality show....

thereddeer said...

Wow!!! Great job - I wish I had your cake decorating skills. And the beach ball cake sounds delicious - I'm glad the clients were pleased :D