This is one of my favorite cakes so far... I think I saw that about a lot of cakes, but it is true! This cake took a lot of time to create, but I am super happy with the finished product.

About one month ago, Celia of Celia Rose Inc, contacted me about creating a cake for a window display that would be created at Sparkle Bridal Couture in Sacramento.  I was absolutely thrilled, and truth be told a little nervous, to be a part of such a wonderful project. She sent me color ideas, the window sketch and gave me a theme: Steampunk! For those who haven't heard of steampunk before, it is best described as the Victorian era meets the Industrial age. Very 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It can actually be taken in lots of different directions, but Celia gave me free reign with the cake design, so this is the direction I went.

Let's start at the top and work our way down, shall we?

The very top layer was a top hat! I decided to hand paint the stripes because it kept the over all look clean but still with a bit of rustic imperfection.  The roses are all hand made sugar flowers and the feathers are also hand made from rice paper.  I added a few gears in there too because you really can't have too many gears when doing something steampunk!

The hat was cocked jauntily off to one side , and I added in more sugar flowers, feathers, and a handkerchief and broach to fill in the void. The handkerchief is also edible and is made out of gumpaste.

All of that is perched in top of a corset layer.

At the base of the corset I added another broach and handkerchief along with a couple more roses.

 The Corset is perched upon a "metal" patchwork tier that has been aged a bit.  Then everything rests on the top of an old wooden chest with a fun series of gears working their way up the sides. All the gears are made out of fondant and airbrushed in metallic finishes.

And there you have it! My very first Steampunk creation! I love this style and I am looking forward to my next opportunity to create something like this again. 

 After I completed my creation, I brought it to Sparkle and helped put their window display together.

 Here they are placing one of the gowns in the window. There was a videographer on site working on a video about the window display.

I wish there wasn't so much glare on the windows, but this was the best picture I was able to get of my cake in the window.

Thankfully Carmen of Carmen Salazar Photography was on site and she took these wonderful photos:


Kaaren said...

Woo hoo! Gorgeous!

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