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Baking has always been a hobby of mine and I have my Aunt Jane to thank for that. Growing up, she made delicious cakes and cookies for our birthdays & Christmas and as a kid, I always looked forward to visiting her for that reason(lol)! Since then I've always and still love to bake. This blog is an opportunity to share pictures of my cakes with family and friends.
I hope you enjoy what you see and come back for more :o)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I'm always amazed at how wedding celebrations vary across cultures. A few weeks ago we had the honor of designing and creating a traditional engagement suitcase cake for a Nigerian couple.
We started off by sketching a stack of 2 suitcases with a couple dressed in Nigerian traditional attire (made out of fondant and gumpaste) sitting on the top tier.
The colors of the day were lavender and champagne/ivory.
The flavors of the cake consisted of vanilla pound cake with vanilla buttercream filling and a traditional Nigerian fruit cake. This cake flavor is very unique because it is made with raisins and 'aged' in brandy over time to give it a distinct flavor.
As we learned here, sometimes your eyes play tricks on you and sketching and the real life turnout are 2 totally separate things (lesson learned- sketching is only used as a guide lol).
As you can see, the iniital sketch called for only 2 tiers. When we stacked the cakes, it didn't quite create the 'pizazz' effect we were going for- so we decided to add a 3rd tier/suitcase for a better effect!
We finished the cake with a gold-ish/tan-ish sheen to give the 'worn suitcase' look