A few years ago I made a cake for fellow blogger as a surprise for her husbands 40th birthday party. This last I got a fun call from the previous birthday boy. It was time for his WIFE’S 40th birthday and he wanted to surprise her back with a cake! I love repeat clients, and I LOVE making cakes for people I know!
We had fun chatting about what she’d like. He said she loves my cakes (Awwww thanks Mindy) and according to her pinterest board she likes ombre cakes and ruffles! She loves blue, esp her birthstone, aquamarine! When I asked if she liked silver or gold he said he has just gotten her a lovely gold watch so I went with that.
When we talked about flavors he said she liked pumpkin and spice, then a few days later he said it pretended to have a dream about making her a pumpkin cake to see what she said… We ended up changing to vanilla bean and strawberry. I decided to make the top tier vanilla and I made it ombre, 5 layers, various shades of blue/turquoise. A fun surprise when she cuts into it!
The bottom layer is the strawberry, I love my strawberry cake, it’s not only a gorgeous color, but it’s tasty too! For this one I covered it with fondant then covered it with strips of gumpaste ruffles, light to dark, in the same blue/turquoise shade I dyed the vanilla cake with so it would match!
For the top tier I decided to rough hand paint a large chevron in edible gold glaze! I used a dry stiff brush to get a rough edge and did two layers for a darker color. It’s not quite as shiny as I wanted it, esp not in pictures, but it looked great in person! I think I’m going to try to watercolor a cake next, I love the new watercolor fad.
Who would you surprise with a cake? What birthday cake would you pick for yourself? I’d go with chocolate, of course, with ganache, but the decorating? it’s constantly changing. I love it all so much!
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I love this cake! It reminds me of a beach. . . .I wish I could have a beach birthday party. That unfortunately is not going to happen any tme soon. a) because I live Tennessee ( yah that muddy pond down the road might suffice :D) and b) my b-day is in January! Anyway enough of my complaining ;). Pair your lovely cake with chevron decorations and TADA! And maybe a lacy crochet chevron rap. . . 🙂
I hate being inland, and miss the ocean so i totally understand what you mean! I’d love to have a beach party! We used to celebrate my dad’s December birthday at the beach (the Oregon coast is pretty much the same temp year round)
Aimee @ Like Mother Like Daughter
This looks so beautiful and sounds so delicious!! I will never doubt your cake making skills after partaking in some of the goodness last night. I want to try your strawberry and vanilla now too!
awww thanks Aimee! I’m glad you liked my chocolate cake! We’ll have to have another event when I make the strawberry and vanilla, my favorite is the chocolate though and my second favorite is my cinnamon chocolate chip, then the strawberry, then the peanut butter, oh then lemon… I just love cake, clearly!
Becky @ Project Domestication
Gorgeous hand painting. I want to eat that all right now! 🙂
thanks Becky! It was a fun cake to make, love baking for people i know!
Holy smokes! It’s lovely!
Thank you so much! It’s always more fun making cakes for friends!