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This princess crown cake has not only one, but two crowns for the two princesses honored in a baby shower - one for mommy and one for baby.
When I was told that the party was princess theme and that they wanted to have two crowns on the cake, I immediately thought of making a pillow cake. How much more regal can you get when you present a crown on a pillow?
I ran into some difficulty when I was making this cake. It was not because of the cake itself but rather what was going on outside my house. There were howling wind gusts up to 100 km/hr that night and it brought about a total black out in our area. It was dark and with only a few candles to give me light, I had to summon my inner ninja in able to finish this cake.
Although, thank goodness, everything went smoothly, making the colours was indeed challenging. I had readymade colours, and I would think that I got the pink one, only when I bring it near the candle, I would find out it was yellow! I really wanted this cake to be a soft pink, so I had to be extra careful in adding the coloring so I won’t get a bubblegum neon kind of pink. I was actually scared to see the cake in daylight the next day.
All in all, I was pretty happy in how this cake turned out. Mommy was pretty stoked too, which made all the working in the dark worth it for me.
I really wanted to make a video of how this cake was made from start to finish but with the black out, it was hard to film in the dark! I was able to film the carving and frosting part but alas the lights went out on me after that.
With a little bit of carving, pillow cakes can be very easy to make. For this cake, I used 1 recipe of yellow cake and one recipe of chocolate cake and baked in 9” square pan.
I stacked them together with filling of raspberry buttercream in between and I placed a smaller cake board (7” square) underneath.
I started by carving each side of the cake on a 45 degree angle on both the top part and the bottom part of the cake. Then I just sort of smoothed out any sharp edges on the top of the cake. For the bottom part, I like the sharp edges on the each corner.
Then I crumb coated the cake with some buttercream to seal in the crumbs, there were a lot due to the carving. Then I added another coat of buttercream right away, no need to refrigerate in between. I find that with this type of frosting that I use, IMBC, if it gets too cold during crumbcoat then it starts sweating. Then the second layer sometimes just slides and won’t stick to the cake. I use clear plastic acetate to smooth out the frosting on the rounded top part of the cake.
I let the cake set and harden in the fridge for about an hour.
I then prepared the cake board. I spread some clear piping jelly on the board, rolled out some white fondant. I wanted the pillow to look like that it was set on fabric, so I made some creases and folds on the fondant while gently laying it on the board.
I covered the cake in pink fondant being careful especially when it came to the bottom part of the cake to avoid any creases. With the help of a ruler and a veining tool, I marked criss-crossing diagonal lines. To make the pillow looked quilted, I used the same veining to make cross marks on each point where the lines would meet. I then added a small pearl ball in the middle and made it stick with some edible glue.
I used an extruder and the clover shaped die to make two lines of piping and the bows for each corner of the cake. To create bow, I made the top loop part of the bow first and let it dry a bit. Then I made the tail separately and added that to the cake right away.
For the rattle, I rolled a ball of fondant and let it dry on a bed of cornstarch. Doing it this way will keep the shape of the ball rounded rather than having on side where it is resting to be flat. I extruded a plain long piece and twisted the top part. I let it dry separately. I used a blossom cutter to make the bottom part of the rattle where the handle will be attached. I used royal icing to attach the pieces. I also decided to make a small bow just to amp up the cuteness factor.
Then as finishing touches, added some rolled fondant flowers and leaves here and there.
I will write another post and possibly even a video on how I made the crowns for this cake. I use royal icing to stick the crowns to the cake.
And that is it, a crown cake fit for two princesses.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
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