I was visiting my in-laws at their farm house in Indiana when my sweet friend Sara reached out to me about a last minute surprise cake for her sister-in-law that they needed the day after we got home. Once she sent me details of what they were thinking, I just couldn’t say no! I love when my customers give me a bit of “free reign” on the design of things, and decided to go a bit “Kate Spade” on this one!
The little plaque on the front is one of my custom sugar cookies to incorporate the quote that they wanted but keep it edible. The topper is the only non-edible part to this whole cake!
For the cap base, I molded rice Krispy treats and covered them in black modeling chocolate (I will have to share that recipe with you guys sometime!). The mortar board is just a square of white chocolate covered in modeling chocolate and topped with a piece of sugar sheet.
The one request Sara did make was that she wanted flowers on the cake! I perfected my buttercream frosting (Praise hands! I’ve been at it for years!) and piped a mixture of sizes and colors cascading down the side of the cake. (Pastry bags are your friend for these types of things!)
My initial vision was for the “confetti” to be a metallic gold, but Amazon lost my package, so black it was! I am actually really happy with the way that it turned out though. If I have learned one thing in my baking adventures, it is that sometimes things are out of our control and we just have to roll with the punches and work with what we have!
At the end of the day, the cake turned out to be one of my personal favorites! My customer loved it and it was the perfect addition to celebrate a beautiful lady as she accomplishes a huge milestone in her life! I am so blessed and honored to be a part of celebrating life’s special moments, and I hope that I can continue to do so for years to come!