Leif didn't have any specific ideas for the cake, just that he wanted it to say something regarding mothers day, so I had a lot of creative freedom with it.
I started off making my flowers (pansy's)
|Rolled out purple fondant (mixed with some gum paste so they would harden) but out with a cookie cutter|
|I went around the edges with a balling tool to give it the shape (this is the hardest part for me!)|
|Doing the individual petals. The sponge helps prevent tearing and is easier to form them on.|
|Assembled and ready to dry in the flower former to help it keep its "flower" shape.|
|On goes the little middle thinger...no idea what that is called :) Gum paste adhesive was used to help all of the elements stick on.|
|Just a different type of former I decided to use.|
|Leif's only request was to have it filled with strawberries.|
|the butter cream frosting getting all mixed up! For class use, we only used crisco instead up crisco and butter, this time I added the butter and what a difference! I may have dipped my finger in the frosting a few times... :)|
|Mixing in a teeny bit of yellow gel. I wanted the cake to have a very pale yellow base.|
|The leftovers that I would use to pipe the border and do the writing. This would eventually be colored pink.|
|After I filled it and assembled it, I put in in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up the cake so it would be easier to frost.|
|Remember, always start with a big pile of frosting so you don't pull crumbs off of the cake.|
|All frosted, now I needed to smooth it out.|
|Going over the frosting with a hot metal spatula will help give it that smooth look.|
|Doing the 'dot' border.|
|I added the fondant flowers the the edge of the cake and had them going over the edge a bit.|
|I think the writing was the real victim of the alcohol :)|
|I loved the flowers!|
I hope his mom enjoys the cake as much as I enjoyed making it.
Happy Mother's day!