The Love Tree...(not too sappy)
The Love Tree
I'm an architect by training.
I love to embody the needs & personalities of my clients into the buildings they commission.
Amazingly, the same is true for the cakes I design.
This design posed several challenges for me. The bride wanted a 'rum cake' layer and a 'green' (environmental) theme for the wedding.
She picked out a very cute set of birds for the cake topper and after several ideas, the best design seemed to be a multicolored tree, leading up to the birds.
The rum layer posed a minor problem, in that the off gassing of the rum would create gas pockets below the fondant. I kept popping and smoothing, but would be interested to know if others have had this experience and if this is the nature of the beast or if there's a way to get the rum flavor without the gas.
This was also my first attempt at a natural tree form, I found it very helpful to build it organically out of fondant run through a pasta maker with a spaghetti cutter.
The final challenge for me, not only for this cake, but for several others, is how to transfer it (40+ lbs) to the cake table. I use a metal grid to build the cake on taken from one of those college dorm room shelving kits. It's low profile and sturdy nature lends itself pretty well to using lifting cables threaded through the grid.
It was a smash hit and I learned several new techniques to put into the arsenal.
Roy E. Stump
Layers Unique Cake Design