I usually ADORE designing cakes around a specific theme or special days like Halloween or Christmas...
But, when it comes to 4th of July....have you noticed how almost ALL the cakes look the SAME???? :S
They are either covered in red, white and blue stars OR they have some type of bunting or banner that says USA.
Please don't get me wrong... I have NOTHING against those designs. They are PATRIOTIC and PERFECT for 4th of July celebrations.
BUT, they are NOT unique...those designs have have been done to DEATH!
There is nothing about them that "POPS" out to me or makes me say: "OH WOW!"
For this year's 4th of July celebrations, I wanted to make a patriotic cake BUT with an edge...
I used the red, white and blue colors of the American flag to INSPIRE the overall floral design of this cake.
I think it's different but still reflects the 4th of July theme WITHOUT being so boring! :D
What do you guys think? YAY or NAY?
It's a 2 tiered cake.The bottom tier is 8x3 and the top tier is 6x6 (composed of two 6x3 cakes stacked on top of each other).
I wanted the flavors of this cake to be just as unique as the design ;)
So, for the bottom tier, I made a chocolate spinach cake covered in classic vanilla buttercream. Don't frown... this cake is unbelievable! :P Soft and moist and no one can taste all that hidden spinach, including kids ;)
For the top tier, I made an eggplant cake with coconut frosting. This cake's texture is similar to carrot cake but even BETTER! :D
BTW, making those little flowers is so EASY!
I think they are possibly the easiest fondant flowers I have EVER made :D
Here is the tutorial:
Roll out red fondant.
I use homemade marshmallow fondant. You can find my recipe HERE.
Use a small 5 petal flower cutter to cut out many little flowers.
My cutter was very small... only 1 inch wide and I got it from Wilton.
Place your flowers on a clean sponge.
Use the veining tool to press the center of each flower...
...until it leaves a tiny dent in the middle.
Take small pieces of blue fondant and roll them into tiny balls.
Brush some water in the little dents and stick a ball in the center of each flower.
You can use these immediately on your cake. Just brush some water to stick the flowers wherever you want.
If you won't use these flowers immediately, place them on a sheet of wax paper. Let them dry at room temperature for 24 hours or until they become hard.
Keep them away from sunlight so the color doesn't fade. Store them in a plastic container at room temperature.
Next time you need pretty cakes or cupcakes and you are short on time, just use these flowers and you are good to go :D
Better yet, make them on the 4th of July for your festive cakes and cupcakes!
Until next time, tata my lovelies :)
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