Armed with my new buttercream skills (skillz? Ha!), I set out to make as nice a cake as possible for my little boy, who turned one year old in June.
I decided to go nautical (his room is done in a nautical theme), and gathered inspiration from cakes I found browsing online (mostly on Pinterest). The top has ombré waves washing onto a beach. The waves continue on the sides of the cake, and to give a bit of delineation, I piped a “rope” border around the top and bottom edges. The boat was a collaborative effort: Husband did the paper folding and whittled down a wooden skewer, and I added the sails (complete with a “1”!) and little flag.
I actually made this cake three times! The first was a bit of a “practice” version for the final Wilton level 1 class. I learned a lot (including the fact that the ruffles/waves take a LOT of frosting!).
For the second cake (most of the photos in this post), I used my shiny new 8″ pan for an extra high cake. This one was for B’s celebration at our house, a tiny family party with my parents.
On the second cake, I thought I had a “brilliant” idea to use vanilla wafer cookie crumbs to make the sand on the beach. Well, it looked nice enough, but piping the letters was a nightmare! The surface was so loose that the frosting wouldn’t stay in place. In the end, I just piped them as close to where I wanted them as possible, and then put the cake in the fridge to let the lettering set up. Once it had firmed, I used a toothpick to gently nudge each bit into line. So I guess what worked against me at first was actually beneficial in the end.
The final cake was made while I was traveling! My sister-in-law generously let me take over her kitchen to make it so that we could celebrate with them and Husband’s parents. I checked my frosting tips and gel coloring along with our little sailboat in my suitcase and bought the rest of my ingredients there.
Because I was working in a completely different kitchen and without as much time, I made a smaller cake, and my design was a bit simpler, with plain sides.