Hello everybody! Well, here it is~ just under the wire, I've made a Fourth of July Cake!
I went with a pretty low key design-- textured buttercream with fondant and gum paste accents. (Don't fear fondant and gum-paste! They can make cake decorating so much easier!)--
Let's get started....
I stared out with a six inch (three layer) cake, filled and frosted with a crusting vanilla buttercream. If your favorite recipe does not crust, never fear...we are going to texture it anyway. I textured mine with one of my favorite little tapered spatulas~
And here I am a little further along... You could use a cake comb, but lately I like doing it one ridge at a time. It goes quickly and gives a nice rustic feel....
I always love an excuse to paint. I painted my heart while the fondant was still soft with my coloring gels that were mixed with a little vodka. (Lemon extract is a common substitution for vodka.) This is very much like watercolor painting. Don't worry if your colors are not completely uniform. I like the look :0) -- But you can always wait for the "paint" to dry and go back over again in some places. You want to mix your colors with alcohol because the alcohol evaporates much more quickly than water. I'm using Americolor Red Red and Americolor Royal Blue.
With my Wilton tip 2, I made dots for stars. 50 stars! Well, 52 by accident... I had to go back and remove a couple ;0) But who's counting?
I considered leaving the heart on the front as the only design....but then decided to add a star topper. Multiple stars actually, in all different sizes. Then, I let them dry in front of a fan on parchment paper for about an hour. If your kitchen/home is humid, it may take longer. If you don't have gum paste, you can knead some tylose into your fondant to create gum paste.
I wanted my stars to stand upright on top of the cake. So, I turned to my trusty lollipop sticks! I just took a dampened flap of fondant to bond the star to the stick (and dried for a few minutes). I like using both short and long lollipop sticks for more variation in height, but use whatever suits you!
I also used small dampened balls of fondant to connect the smaller stars to the larger ones. This made things more interesting, and gave some of the stars a fun, raised look.
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