It was another busy weekend! In addition to Ben’s cake, I made another one for Deborah’s Ph.D. graduation. Mazel tov, Deborah! Deborah asked me for a 3-tier autumn-colored cake so here’s what I created:
The cakes from top to bottom were: white cake with strawberry buttercream, yellow cake with chocolate buttercream, and chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream. The whole cake was iced in chocolate buttercream and actually got a cool marbelized effect – which wasn’t on purpose, but I like it! Then I decorated the cake with gum paste calla lilies, daisies, and roses.
Deborah had requested that the flower stems look like DNA double helices. And, while I like that idea, it really threw me for a loop! Normally, you don’t see flower stems on a cake like this…so how could I incorporate the stems without it looking weird or awkward? My first thought was to kind of wrap the stems around the back…but then the DNA is hidden so that wouldn’t work. After a week of brainstorming, I finally decided to just join bunches of flowers with the DNA. This way, I didn’t have to insert wires into the cake and the DNA was clearly visible!