Actually this customer requested me to make a moist chocolate cake based on the design of the Pretty Bow & Dots Cake for her daughter who turns 16 today. Wanting to try my hand at something different, I asked her whether she would mind if I did the cake with a different type of bow, and she replied it was okay as long as it was pretty and cute. So this is the bow I came up with:
Top view of the bow which I made about 2 weeks ago. I rolled the fondant over an imprint mat to get the flower-imprinted design on the ribbons.
Another view of the bow. So far so good!
Since this is a young teen's cake, I had decided to go for a brighter and more playful color scheme... vibrant pink with contrasting sky blue and lime green.
From here on, things started going wrong. Firstly, not taking into account that the moist chocolate cake was not as firm and sturdy as the butter cake, I had a hard time getting it into the perfect shape to be covered with the fondant. When I finally covered the cake with the fondant, it started tearing at the corners and the sides. There were also air pockets under the fondant to contend with. I ended up with an unsightly pink cake with tears where the dark chocolate cake showed through and also small pin holes where I have stuck the needle in to release the air. : (
I thought of giving up but then my customer (who is also a good friend) will be so disappointed. Maybe I can cover the defects with polka dots cutouts but one of the tears was really large and uneven shaped ... no way I can cover it with dots. So, I decided to use heart shaped cutouts instead since Valentine's Day is around the corner and love is in the air. Here's the outcome:
Large heart shape cutout that covered the large tear. It appeared so bare that I added the birthday girl's name.
Zoee is 16.
The finished cake after 6 hours of labor. I thank the Lord for giving me the inspiration for the new design and the perseverance to finish this cake. Phew! Happy to report that the customer was delighted with the cake.
Happy and Blessed Sweet 16, Zoee! Hope you and your family enjoy the cake. Thanks for the order, Bee Yang.