Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake Chocolate Cake Recipe/Homemade Coffee-Flavored Buttercream/Chocolate Ganache Recipe/Gumpaste/Cookies/Coffee Beans/Cake Airbrush Machine & Pearlescent Paint/Whole Vanilla Bean What are you most proud of? I hand crafted the cup, saucer, and vanilla flower out of gumpaste. I airbrushed the cup and saucer pearlescent to make it shine like porcelain. I put a little ganache in the cup to make it look like spilled coffee and sprinkled some real coffee beans on the saucer. I placed a real vanilla bean with the flower and laid a couple of Pepperidge Farm cookies across the front of the cake. My husband absolutely loved it! What advice would you give someone starting this project? I would keep the gumpaste fairly thick on the cup and saucer, and I used a food grade black marker to darken the edges of them. Make sure you give them plenty of time to dry. Also, when making the ganache used chopped up bakers chocolate not chocolate chips. The chips have a wax-like substance added to them to keep their shape and it changes the flavor and consistency of the ganache. When I was making my buttercream I substituted cold espresso for the milk, which turned out awesome!
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