Chocolate Cake with Blue Roses

This 2 layer 8 inch yellow cake is covered with chocolate icing and topped with blue roses.  The birthday girl’s favorite color is blue, so I had to add a little blue touch.

Personally, when it comes to roses, I prefer using royal icing.  These roses are made out of buttercream, and even though they taste better, my roses come out prettier with royal icing.  This icing was harder to smooth, because I used the recipe that has butter in it.  Although it tastes better, it’s harder to work with in the smoothing process, and there are more air bubbles.  Mental note for next time, but in the meantime this tastes really good!  🙂

Bouquet of Flowers Cake

Making flowers hasn’t been a real strength of mine since I started making cakes, so I decided to learn more.  I signed up for a class at a local arts and crafts store, and we spent the first three classes making flowers out of royal icing.  After getting home, it only seemed logical to do my homework, so even more flowers were made.

In our last class, we bring in an iced cake, and decorate it.  We did the basket weave around the sides of the cake, and picked a border for the top and bottom.  I chose the e-motion border for the bottom, and the reverse shells for the top.  There is a LOT of icing on this cake!  We had to pile up more icing on top of the cake so the flowers would sit up, and we could position them at an angle.  I wanted a lot of green leaves to add to the color, so I went a little crazy with the green…but very satisfied how it turned out.  Even though these flowers ARE edible, I’ll have to pass on crunching into them.  🙂