Happy 1st Birthday, Kai!
My co-worker's special little man, Kai, just turned one year old! This was a fun, stress-free cake. Kai's mommy requested buttercream, so I only used fondant for the accents.
- 6" x 5" round white cake
- 8" x 5" round chocolate cake
- 6" x 2" round white smash cake
- filled and iced in American Buttercream
- fondant accents
Wish I looked this good naked!
Kai's mommy Amy has been taking some decorating classes at Make It Sweet. She requested that I use that shop's cake mix and icing recipe, which made things super easy for me! The American buttercream was made with high ratio shortening. It's been a long time since I've iced a cake with American buttercream, so I relied on Sharon Zambito's techniques and busted out the Viva paper towels!
I'm not so good at getting straight buttercream :( Hopefully no one really noticed. Here's some wavy fondant accents to draw away attention!
The texture for the darker green was from rolling an all-thread rod against the fondant. The lighter green had texture from the JEM fabric texture roller. Looks like crepe!
The plane was cut by hand from gumpaste. I cut 3 of them, staying on the safe side, which turned out to be a good choice. My first one broke while drying. The second I outlined with black royal icing, but didn't like it because I didn't have black anywhere else on the cake. The gray outline worked better with my colors.
The plane was secured to a wooden skewer with left over royal icing. The cloud puffs were piped buttercream, gently shaped with a flat paintbrush dusted with powdered sugar. I never knew you could sculpt buttercream this way, but I figured the sugar would allow me to manipulate the buttercream without it sticking to the bristles. Worked well!
Royal icing "1" on top of a buttercream "1". The clouds here are also piped and sculpted buttercream. At the party some people had never heard of a smash cake. Wonder if it's a regional thing?
Happy Birthday, Kai!