Monday, July 21, 2008

Gardening


Having only recently developed a mildly green thumb, my appreciation of gardening has grown exponentially over the past two years since starting my own patio container garden. With a very shady north-east patio, my choices are limited to impatiens, lobelia, and the odd coleus, not the more showy sun-loving blooms like roses or geraniums. This week, my gardening moved indoors and to the kitchen specifically, in order to create a rose garden themed birthday cake for a lucky one year-old named Rose.


All the pink roses, white impatiens, foliage, and garden creatures were made from fondant, with small royal icing details. I could (and did) sit happily for hours without interruption shaping a whole menagerie of creatures and bouquet of roses, work that some people would find tedious. There is a meditative quality to this type of repetitive fine detail work which suits me.


The entire cake experience was not all rosy, however. Because the fondant roses were meant to lie flat against the side of the cake, I had shaved off the back of each rose and assumed they would adhere easily with either Tylose glue or stiff royal icing. Neither worked because of the fondant rose's weight against gravity causing them to fall off one by one, injuring some garden creatures in the process. Ultimately, I had to skewer each rose with a toothpick and secure them directly into the cake with great reluctance.


Despite the rose drama, this rose garden cake might be my favourite cake yet. My favourite details include the snails and their tracks becoming the writing, the inconspicuous family of slugs, and the rainbow caterpillars. Such a high degree of cuteness all packed into one cake!

26 comments:

Clumbsy Cookie said...

This is such a darling cake! I love it!

B said...

This is such an amazing cake! I love it!

Ann said...

I love that your garden creatures seem to have "personality." If only MY garden were plagued with such cuties...

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet cake. I had fun looking at all of the details. I love how the snail wrote Rose :) Fabulous Job!

Jeanine said...

Wow, have you got talent! That cake looks amazing, you did a beautiful job!

Mandy said...

this is one beautiful cake! Love the pastel color and the garden theme. Just curious, how long did you spend decorating this cake?

Marysol said...

Absolutely adorable! Love your creation.

sarah j. gim said...

love the adorable little bugs :) wow, never thought i'd ever say that.

Megan said...

Darling cake. I love it. You have such talent.

HoneyB said...

Absolutely beautiful!

manue said...

Il est magnifique, j'aime beaucoup !

bakerchick103 said...

This is gorgeous. If only I had were so talented. You do great work!

cakebrain said...

Wow, that's so cute! great job!

bunny said...

my granddaughters (they are 3 and 6 yrs old) and i were snuggling together looking at your beautiful cake and picking out all the little butterflys and bees, they thought your cake was wonderful! I have tagged you for a meme, come to my blog and find out how to play.

Anonymous said...

That is possibly the cutest cake EVER. What a lucky little girl!

I don't think I could bear cutting into it, though!

~ PJ

Leslie said...

this is quite possibly the cutest most perfect cake I have seen!
Your attention to detail is outstanding!

Rhyleysgranny said...

This is just so beautiful. Lucky Rose

Charmaine said...

Thanks everyone for all your sweet comments!

Mandy: I don't remember how long it took (it's all a blur) but if I had to guess, the flowers took a whole morning, the bugs the whole afternoon + evening, and from covering the cake to the very last touch, probably 4-5 hours (would have been shorter if the roses cooperated)...all spread out over 3 days.

Y said...

What a cute cake. I especially love the little snails :)

Bridgett said...

I love this adorable cake!! The rainbow caterpillars are my favorite...too cute. You have such talent for the darling details!

jasmine said...

this is too damn cute. i love love love the rainbow caterpillars! the whole thing reminds me of being a little kid, and being amazed by cuteness and colors (which i still am). you = my hero

Anonymous said...

This is the loveliest fondant-decorated cake I have ever seen.

Ruth Berry said...

Beautiful cake! as a new cake hobbiest, I sincerely appreciate how much work went into this cake. I'm sure Rose was very pleased!

ButterYum said...

Absolutely darling - I love it!!!

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering what you made the antennas out of? I'm gonna make this for my daughters 4th birthday. It's so adorable!

Charmaine said...

Anonymous: the antennae were made from piped royal icing that i left to dry out but i actually wouldn't recommend that. it was a big pain and kept breaking.