The first thing I noticed about the inspiration photo was the shapes that surrounded the sculpture, from the pedestal it was sitting on to the architectural borders surrounding it. Then, at a closer look, I was drawn toward the textures of the sculpture itself, especially the ruffle around his neck, the armor on his shoulder and the flow of fabric at his base.
I started by determining the size and shape of my cake. Once I decided how many tiers and the shape of each tier, I drew a close to scale outline of the whole cake. Then, I concentrated on each tier separately designing each with different elements of inspiration. As I drew each tier the concept evolved.
Since my cake had two tiers that were odd shaped, I started by shaping the styrofoam accordingly. Then I covered all four tiers in fondant. For this cake I found it easiest to work with one color at a time. Therefore, I did all the ivory colored work, then the brown marble, and finished it off with the gold.
I make my sketch with the intention of staying close to the design. I always leave room for fine details and embellishments to be added as I complete my cake.
Thankfully, I had minimal complications with this cake process. One thing I struggled with was the base covering. I was hoping to achieve the marble look through painting and adding texture but, after several attempts, I accomplished the desired look by marbling different shades of gray fondant together.
For the ruffle on the large round tier I used the "chantilly lace" stencil by Designer Stencils to emboss the pattern on the fondant before pleating it. On the top two tiers I used part of Wilton's "Romance" mold set to make the bottom borders. In order to mimic the sculpted hair texture, I hand piped swirls with a tiny leaf tip on the small square tier. After the cake was assembled I hand painted the trim with gold luster to give the cake a regal look.
Luckily my design did not waiver from mt original plan.
I was pleased with my finished cake. I wanted to ensure the inspiration was obvious but not too literal. I enjoyed working with different shapes and creating an unusual silhouette.