Wendy and I so much enjoyed making the "K" mandala cake that we decided to do it again, this time for my friend Marian, a self-professed diva who is turning 75. My idea was to work a stylized treble clef into the design because she is, after all, a soprano--but treble clefs are so, I don't know, ordinary. There was a lot of trial and error involved, so I worked in pencil on this one.
This time I cheated a little bit and when I finally got the motif right I just made seven copies and pasted it up. I added the leaves freehand for some finer contrast. The dots were punched from black paper and glued, making much better circles than I could have done by hand. Again I taped the design to the table, placed a piece of glass over it and then the stencil blank over that. With my handy "burner" tool I cut the stencil in no time at all. Then I headed over to Wendy's to test it with "old gold" lustre dust on parchment paper.
Wendy decided we should do the sides of the cake as well (a 14" creation!) and sent me home to make that stencil. Again, I copied, cut and pasted using elements of the round top design.
By the time I got back to her house, she had applied the gold to the top of the cake, a perfect disk of white chocolate.
Just imagine: layers of almond-flavored cake alternating with layers of raspberry mousse and lemon cloud illusion (lemon cream made with lemon curd). To die for! We stenciled the sides on two slabs of homemade marzipan (Wendy skinned the almonds herself!). It was a more subtle look than on the white chocolate, probably because of the moisture element.
Here's the first half applied:
And here's the master pastry chef herself:
Back into my studio I set to work making a matching card for Marian with my trusty Zebra G nib in Aztec Gold Finetec on Opal Stardust cardstock and envelope.
By the time I picked up the cake the next day for the party, Wendy had worked her magic with piping, fresh raspberries and marzipan leaves.
At the party, the beautiful birthday diva serenaded us with her amazing voice (and we serenaded her back with "Happy Birthday")...
...candles were added for "past, present and future"...
...and then it was time for cake!
Wendy and I are having so much fun with this collaboration! Stay tuned for the letter "T"!