This pair of first communion cakes were made for twins - a boy and a girl. It was a bit of a challenge because the cakes have to be different but should still be cohesive in design.
A sheet cake was also requested for ease of serving. I used a 9"x13"sheet cake pan for both cakes. One cake was a sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream and the other was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.
Though these cakes were made for first communion, the design can also be made for other special occasion cakes.
Make the cross cake topper in advance (at least 2 days) to allow it to dry. I used gum paste to make the cross. You can also use rolled fondant but I find that the gum paste will dry faster and harder.
Roll the gum paste thinly. Using a cross cookie cutter (from Wilton), cut 2 crosses. Make extra in case of breakage. Moisten one cross with water or gum glue. Place a toothpick in the bottom center of the cross. Place the other cross on top and press lightly to stick them together. Let dry.
For this cake, make some fondant in red, pink and white. Make a few fondant loop bows with these colors about a day or more in advance. Make some extras in case of breakage. Also, make some daisies with pink centers in advance.
They saw the picture of the Strawberry Cake that I made and they want something similar to that. Mom was a bit worried about using fresh strawberries because the leaves on top of the strawberries might turn brown. So, I suggested making fondant strawberries instead of fresh ones.
Use red fondant to make the strawberries. Shape it into a cone shape with rounded edges. Use a toothpick and lightly poke all over the strawberry shape to create some texture. Use some green fondant and cut out a petal shape. Place on a foam and use a veining tool, thin out the petal starting from the middle going outwards. Attach to the strawberry with some water or gum glue.
Cut out strips of pink and red fondant and attach to the sides of the cake. Roll out a long log of red fondant and place on top of the cake as a border for the strips.
Place the fondant loops on one corner and the cross with the strawberries on the other. Make a plaque with pink fondant and write the name with red buttercream. Finish with the little daisies.
For this cake, make some fondant in light blue and green. Make a few fondant loop bows with these colours about a day or two in advance. Make some extras in case of breakage.
Score the top of the cake with a toothpick and make squiggly frame around it. Cut out strips of the blue and green fondant in different widths and attach to the sides of the cake. When you get to the top cut the fondant to size, so it will not go beyond the squiggly line. Roll out a log of blue fondant and attach as border to the strips.
Place the fondant loops on one corner and the cross on the other. Make some fondant balls in different colours and sizes. Place near the cross and a few clusters around the cake. Make a plaque with green fondant and write the name with chocolate buttercream.