Post # 1
OK, this idea may be completely nuts, but I have got to see if it works. I have been obsessed with cake design for years, and I want to incorporate some unique decorating methods.
Here’s the scoop on the wedding theme. Japanese Cherry Blossoms. Our wedding is incorporating some Japanese influence, and I want to include the cake in this. I have thinking about the beauty of black lacquer boxes (with a hint of red) with abalone (mother-of-pearl) inlay. I am going to try and make this happen with my wedding cake.
Inspirational photo below (credit to Etsy)…
The road to get there (as I can figure it)
1. Octogon Cakes (smaller diameter, more stacks. Think pagoda). Red Velvet, of course,
2. Cover with dark modeling chocolate.
3. Steam modeling chocolate to bring out shine (Shout out to Cake Boss)
4a. Use cherry blossom stencil and edible cake paint to create design
4b. Find cocoa butter transfers
How cocoa butter transfers look on chocolate (credit to Jacques Torres)
5. Brush cherry blossom design with luster or pearl dust in 2-3 colors
This cake used Pearl Dust really well.
I may be insane, but I have to figure out if it can work.
Wish me luck!!
Post # 3
It sounds like it will be beautiful!
Post # 4
Good luck to you. I am all for DIY, but this is one project I know I wouldn’t be up to. You may want to check out the cake cricut. It may be worth the investment, if you plan to continue with this type of thing after your wedding.
Post # 5
I did look at the cricut, but you have to use their fondant sheets. I am not crazy about using cutouts because I want the design to look inlaid. I don’t think I could get the sheet thin enough and be able to use it without tearing.
Post # 6
Go with the cherry blossom stencil. That sounds awesome!
Post # 7
I’m not 100% sure I understand, haha, but from what I do, it looks pretty cool. Will it be structurally sound with not going straight up?
Post # 8
I think this could turn out very nice. Instead of modeling chocolate I’d probably go with chocolate ganache- it’s a bit more forgiving when it’s hardened. A little corn syrup or butter in the mix will give it the high shine you’re going for too.
Post # 10
I think it sounds like a beautiful idea! I would definitely give yourself as much practice as time and funds allow you. It looks complicated, but I bet it will pay off!
Post # 11
Well, as much I would love to say I am going to attempt this myself. I think I am going to let a professional do the baking and stacking bit, at least. I would love to find a cake designer who wouldn’t mind a collaboration on this project (ie let me help put it together). I know chocolate making, but I am still a novice with cake construction.
Post # 12
It looks SUPER complicated but from what I understand of it, I think it would be beautiful 🙂
Post # 13
I have some cake experience. You definitely need professional help with this one. However, nothing you mentioned is impossible. Perhaps if the design was airbrushed onto the chocolate using the stencil? I don’t know if the pearl luster will work w/ the airbrush, though. This is a beautiful idea. I like how you are keeping it edible and delicious!
Post # 14
That sounds beautiful. I’d like to see how it turns out and it looks like you have sometime to play with your idea. Please post pics and let us know how it turns out!! 🙂
Post # 15
Love anything with cherry blossoms! We are also doing cherry blossoms as part of our theme (it’s at a Japanese venue). We have cherry blossom fans, sign in book, menu, etc. and of course cake! (getting it in ivory rather than green as shone here).
Your idea is SOOOO cool, love the idea of the stencils and shininess!