I was completely honored to be asked to make a cake to be considered for CC Magazine. I can still hardly believe it! It was such a fun experience. The them for this cake was Secret Garden Wedding and requirements were that all tiers have a buttercream covering and at least one icing technique. I wanted to show more than that, so I did one per tier.
On the bottom tier I used a leaf tip and very fluffy whipped buttercream icing. I added on some fondant clovers and grass shards. The second tier up I wanted to mimic the textures on the statue in the inspiration photos. I used bunched up damp paper towel and plastic wrap to achieve that effect then added on some pink petals to bring in the tones from the turnip. The third tier up I decided to do brushed embroidery with buttercream icing. I added in some pink, pearls and a few fondant flowers. The top tier I did rosettes and added a pearl in the center of each. I completed the cake with a fondant bow/brooch.
I used real cake for this instead of cake dummies. I kept it on my counter for a day after the photos were taken before I donated it to my Grams nursing home lol. I wanted to be able to stare at it longer, but it is cake and I wanted it to be enjoyed. I hope you all enjoy the cake as much as I did making it. <3
(I saw a tutorial on pinterest awhile back on how to make clover earrings out of clay, so I tried it out with fondant instead. For brushed embroidery, I watched an amazing video by SweetAmbs. She uses royal icing but I used buttercream and a wet paintbrush. For the bow I used the bow tutorial from Royal Bakery and the brooch mold I purchased from Way Beyond Cakes by Mayen.)