This is my latest experiment making a whimsical cake. This cake was inspired by the original topsy-turvy cake designer, who also did my wedding cake years ago, Polly Schoomaker in Portland, Oregon. Although she is no longer in business, her cakes leave behind a legacy and a source of inspiration for all cake decorating fanatics.
I started this topsy turvy cake as most others, with a sketch followed up by a computer design. This allows me the chance to play with proportions, designs and colors without having to experiment on the actual cake.
The next challenge is coloring the fondant to match the design. It is very rare that you can find just the right color off the shelf. These samples each contain a mixture of two or three food colorings to get the hue just right.
These over-exaggerated candles are the perfect fit to top off the cake. They are made of fondant that has been rolled, shaped, and ran through a skewer. The spiral effect on the candles is done by rolling the fondant with the back edge of a knife.
Here is a close-up of the cake. The flowers and colors were inspired by the Hawaiian heritage of the birthday boy. A few little accents like the bright yellow dots and flowers give this simple cake a polished finish.
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