I am making an Italian Cream Cake with cream cheese icing for an event at my work. Does anyone have any suggestions for dressing it up without writing on it? It is just so plain with white cream cheese frosting but I don't know what to do to make it look more elegant. Any suggestions would be appreicated!!!!
Shaved chocolate or dusted with cocoa powder (you can place a doily on top and then dust and remove carefully)
Maybe some sugared grapes both red and green and some gumpaste leaves???
I don't know if there are different Italian Cream Cake recipes out there. The one I use has cream cheese frosting with nuts. To dress up my cake, I pipe a reverse shell border (cream cheeese icing) around the top (no nuts), and make about 3 cream cheese roses with dark green leaves and put them directly in the center of the cake. I also put a border around the bottom layer. The borders and roses are done with regular cream cheese icing with no color. I add enough confec. sugar to stiffen it enough to hold the shape. It looks nice!
I like the idea of sugared grapes and other small fruits (like kumquats, ladyapples, etc.) Since it's iced in cream cheese icing you have a nice blank canvas. Choc. shavings would be elegant and simple.
Earlene has several gorgeous cakes here:
I love the basket one. It looks like it'd be fun to do.