This cake was much more last minuted planned than I am used to, which makes me nervous because I like to have every little detail planned out so nothing can go wrong, but no major catastrophes happened. : P
-I played a little bit with gum paste. It’s definitely not cheap to buy ready made, so I just bought the powder and mixed it up myself. If I use it again in the future I want to find a from scratch recipe for it. I make the marshmallow fondant, may as well make the gum paste, too. I made the rocker on the top of the cake with the gum paste so it would harder and stand up straight, and part of the name plate is gum paste since I ran out of light blue fondant. The next time I use gum paste I would love to make a 3D object. How fun would that be?
-I learned that gray is not an easy color to make! This part of the cake about gave this perfectionist a heart attack. Just plain wilton black does not make gray. It makes an ugly purplish looking color. I played with it adding in yellows and greens to try to even out the purplish look, but I just couldn’t get it a shade of gray I liked so I turned to the good ol internet. I saw the americolor brand reccomended several times and read that it had worked better for numerous people trying to make gray, so I googled a cake store and went and got me some. I was much more pleased with the color, but it still had a purple tint to it that was driving me crazy. After adding some leaf green and some yellow, I finally got rid of the tint. Unfortunately I had gotten it much darker gray than I wanted, but as long as it wasn’t purplish, I was happy. Sadly, after being on the cake for about 8 hrs a slight purple tint came back, but it wasn’t too bad.
-I’ve come to realize that it won’t matter how many cakes I’ve done, there will always be something new to learn. Always.
Here’s some pics of the cake…