This was probably the most nerve-wracking cake I’ve done. I mean seriously, you don’t want to bomb someone’s wedding cake. They will have pictures of it to look at for the rest of their lives. Eeek.
The first thing I did to prepare for Michelle’s cake was that I practiced the technique that makes buttercream as smooth as fondant. I made several cakes with this technique and became comfortable with it. My comfort zone before beginning to prepare for Michelle’s cake was definitely with fondant. It’s much more forgiving than buttercream. I made several cakes practicing this butter cream smoothing tutorial and then followed it to do Michelle’s cake as well.
The next thing that I focused on was the cascading flower. I’ve worked with gum paste several times, but I had never made a flower with it, so I did A LOT of practicing. I focused mainly on this tutorial after trying a few others that didn’t work as well for me: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/116671446571231810/ The only thing I did differently was that I didn’t use the ball tool. I found that one of the other gumpaste tools worked better to thin out the edges of the leaves.
This was also my first time to do a butter cream cake without some sort of border around the bottom of each layer. When I iced the cakes I was careful to get the bottom as level and even as possible, and then after I stacked and doweled the cake, I just filled in and smoothed around the bottom of each layer as needed. It was much easier than I had anticipated.
The only thing I absolutely WAS NOT HAPPY WITH at all was the color of the “mint green.” After battling two sick kids all day I was in a rush to get the frosting mixed and on the cake that night. It was already getting super late and so instead of hand mixing my own mint green or playing with the mint green I had and adding my own stuff, I just trusted the bottle and used it. It turned out very not minty. FYI, Ameri color mint green DOES NOT look like mint green. I wish I would have played with adding a little blue in or something else. It definitely needed something. I wanted to practice mixing the color ahead of time, but I had been so busy running from project to project in the weeks before the wedding, that I just hadn’t had time. I like to work out my mistakes before they end up on a cake, unfortunately that didn’t happen this time. Despite this mishap, hopefully Michelle liked and appreciated the cake anyway!
Here it is: