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Watercolour cake turned fresco

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Watercolour cake. Photo by Jennifer Melo

My watercolour cake is inspired by Rosie’s most beautiful Pastel Swirl Cake over at Sweetapolita. For my cake, I used a thick-consistency buttercream and topped it with chocolate sprinkles. I had so much fun with it, I wanna try it again.

Thinner icing next time

Maybe next time I’ll use a thin-consistency icing and keep it more goopy as Rosie recommends in her video tutorial. The colours would probably blend more and the buttercream would be easier to work with.

I found that the buttercream crusted over fast so I had to work quickly. I kind of like the chalky appearance that makes it look a bit more like a fresco than a watercolour painting, don’tcha think?

Nature’s colour palette

My colour inspiration comes from nature. Blue for sky, yellow for sun and green for grass.

Inside, there’s a triple-layer, dense and moist marble cake with buttercream icing. Wanna see? Of course you do! Here it is.

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Inside my watercolour cake. Photo by Jennifer Melo

Also, check out my seven-second video clip to see its evolution.

What do you think? Should I try a redo and goop it up more? What colours do you recommend?

Ladybug birthday cake

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Maya’s ladybug cake. Photo by Jennifer Melo

A two-tier, fondant-covered cake with fondant-modelled ladybug cake topper.

Here’s a close-up of the topper, modelled by my sister Suzy and her husband, Jav. Isn’t it adorable?

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Fondant ladybug cake topper. Photo by Suzy Melo

I arrived at the party early, in time to help finish decorating the cake they made. I used cookie cutters to cut the letters and although they’re large, I think it works for a child’s cake. What do you think?

I helped Suzy roll small fondant balls to use as the border and we were done.

Monkeys and banana birthday cake

Monkeys and banana cake

Monkeys and banana cake. Photo by Jennifer Melo

My niece Aliya loves to climb — on people, on furniture, up walls. So, naturally, her nickname is “monkey.” So you can guess whose birthday cake this is.

My sister Suzy and her husband Jav made and decorated this cake and I just helped with finishing touches, like painting the banana peel and twisting rope borders. Children’s cakes are great practise for cake-decorating novices because they often look good with imperfections — the imperfect bits are a bit more wacky and fun than a perfect, polished cake.

One monkey is made with marzipan and the other is made of fondant but I can’t recall which one’s which.

Tiffany boxes bridal shower cake

Tiffany boxes cake and diamonds

My Tiffany boxes cake with diamonds sprinkled all around. Photo by Jennifer Melo

The theme of my BFF Natalie’s bridal shower was Breakfast at Tiffany’s so it was the perfect opportunity to make a Tiffany boxes cake.

Natalie loves chocolate so I decided to make triple-layered chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling. I covered the cake in store-bought “tiffany blue” fondant and the colour was perfect. Then I added white fondant for ribbons and a bow.

I’m just CRAZY about Tiffany’s! — Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Covering a square cake with fondant = my challenge

The curse of the square cake got me again. You can see that the fondant pleated in the corner so I just tried to piece it together and wipe away most of the chocolate buttercream that oozed from the cracks.

Cake-decorating note: White buttercream is more forgiving than brown chocolate buttercream, particularly when you need to wipe it off any shade of fondant that’s lighter than brown.

Such a pretty fondant bow

I was very happy with how the bow turned out. The trick is to roll the fondant thick enough so it doesn’t collapse but thin enough so it actually looks like a thick ribbon. I used an empty paper towel roll to support the bow loops while they hardened and then I attached them to the cake. I stuffed the loops with crushed paper towels for additional support as I refrigerated the cake overnight.

It was so hot and humid on the day of the bridal shower, even the fondant sweated. But it didn’t take long for the cake to acclimatize and the condensation evaporated in the air-conditioned party room.

Tiffany boxes cake

Tiffany boxes cake for Natalie’s bridal shower. Photo by Jennifer Melo

The cake got rave reviews at the party and if anyone noticed the flaws, they were kind enough to not mention it.

…nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name! — Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Crumbled chocolate cake…it happens

It was all going great until this happened…

crumbled chocolate cake

This is what happens when you don’t use a cake board or cake lifter. Photo by Jennifer Melo

This cake layer disintegrated in my hands when I tried to move it onto a layer of buttercream icing. Lesson learned: Always use a cake board or cake lifter when handling cake layers that are larger than 8″ in diameter.


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