A few weeks ago I was asked to help with a groom's cake for my friend. Only it wouldn't be a simple little fondant covered cake with some random design... no, no, the bride had grand plans for this cake. Given the groom lives and breaths Chicago sports, it made sense to give the cake a Chicago Cubs theme. So the instructions were to make the bottom tier look like Wrigley Field with ivy all over, a second tier with the Cubs logo and incorporate a cake topper that bride had gotten with a Cubs theme. Yikes. Given that this would be only the third fondant covered cake I've ever made, I started to have a mini panic attack.
Thankfully, another bridesmaid was helping me and she was in charge of making the cake. A yummy pumpkin spice cake... BTW, Jen, if you're reading this you still owe me that recipe. It was to die for! Dense and moist with a fantastic mix of spices. The problem was, the traditional icing she used for this cake was cream cheese... which if you've ever read any baking forum, cream cheese icing and fondant do NOT mix. So I scoured the web and found this recipe from Earlene's Cakes. It uses something called Butavan which sounded to me like something you'd take to get rid of some sort of infection, but it is actually a butter/vanilla emulsion. Since the recipe used very little cream cheese (which is apparently what causes problems for the fondant) the Butavan helps strengthen the flavor. To be completely honest... this isn't the best cream cheese icing recipe. It does the job and it didn't melt the fondant, but it doesn't taste nearly as good as a traditional recipe.
So away we go... Jen arrived with cakes on Wednesday night around 6pm. Here's the first layer getting its icing:
Putting on the fondant:
Now, how to create ivy... more fondant! Tinted in 3 different shades of green and three different sizes for variety.
Lots of ivy...
And of course my dog, Indi, had to supervise the project...
Jen had gotten an edible Wrigley Field sign made to stick on the front. How cute!
Enough playing around, it's time to join the two cakes. In hindsight, it would have been good to do this PRIOR to decorating the top tier. Once again, lots of four-letter words and cake nearly ending up on the floor, but the only casualty was that the blue band got a little messed up. Nothing a little shortening and smoothing couldn't fix though.
Here are some photos from the wedding.
Congratulations Melissa and Keith!