As you may or may not have seen in previous posts, we like to share the projects we do for our up-and-coming business, Taylor Made Sweets and Treats, here on Razzle Frazzle. While this isn’t quite as complex as the infamous shoe cake, there were still a lot of steps in the process of creating this nature-themed bridal shower cake for our friend Jackie.
You might be wondering what those ribbons are that seem to be cascading from inside the cake. That is a very, very cool Victorian tradition called a “cake pull.” The ribbons are attached to a series of charms, each of which corresponds with a fortune. Before the cake is cut, the bridesmaids and guests pull a ribbon (hence, the name) to receive their fortune. We’d never heard of this before, but one of Jackie’s bridesmaids suggested it and we figured we’d give it a try!
The way we accomplished the seemingly impossible task of engineering the cake so that the charms wouldn’t come out covered in frosting was actually pretty simple. We took two cellophane rings, laid the charms between them, and put the top tier of the cake over them on a small cake board.
Once we had that figured out, it was time to make the decorations. This was our first attempt working with gum paste, which also turned out to be easier than we thought. This stuff dries out FAST though, so be sure you have some vegetable shortening on hand to keep it from cracking.
Think we came pretty close to our original sketch! We had so much fun making this cake, and we were even more thrilled that we got to attend the party and enjoy some of it ourselves. =)