Bragging time!!! I totally just stole this idea from Peggy Does Cake, but though it wold be fun here too! Share your best cake from 2012 and tell us why it's your favorite!
I did a lot of really fun cakes this year, but I think my favorite has to be this:
I wanted precision in the shape of the tiers, lots of sparkle and I wanted every single thing to be edible. So I made custom food-grade silicone molds, did isomalt gems and molded over 200 tiny broaches out of fondant that I handpainted with edible silver (complete with facets). Believe me, 1/2 way thru I wished I just had a bunch of plastic broaches I could have stuck all over it, but when I put that very last touch of sparkle on, I almost cried - It turned out perfect. All in all, I think this cake took around 40 hours to make.
As a perfectionist, I always can find a flaw on one of my finished cakes that nobody would ever notice or see, but in person I couldn't find a single one on this cake. It was also incredibly satisfying to open the pictures I took in Photoshop and besides trying to fix my bad photo taking skills (exposure, angle etc), there wasn't a single flaw on the cake that I Photoshopped out.
This is my runner up:
This cake was insane to make. I had never done wonky tiers, let alone ganached and fondant wonky tiers, I had never airbrushed an entire cake, had never made a 360 degree freestanding cityscape out of gumpaste that had isomalt windows and backlight by LED lights, heck, I have never used LED lights OR isomalt. I was petrified that I was going to fail miserably - but every detail turned out better then I could have possibly imagined in my crazy head. I was humbled and honored that a Bride actually took a chance on me making this for her wedding (they were a VERY fun couple).