Project

Gold & Diamonds!

Project Description

Do you sell this cake? No, just for fun Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake I made this golden cake for my husband's 40th birthday. This is my most challenging cake so far. For the first time, I stacked a double cake (two cakes together), crumb-coated with ganache, created sharp corners to get a perfect cylinder, used an airbrush, used the wax paper transfer method, and modeling chocolate. It took about five days to complete it. Now to the good stuff. Both tiers are three layer cakes with a white chocolate butter cake and a dark chocolate genoise in the middle. The filling is a swiss meringue buttercream with sprinkles of toasted hazelnuts and candied orange zest. I was able to do most of this cake by utilizing all of the techniques that I learned in this class. Thank you Jessica for your comprehensive mentorship! What are you most proud of? I like the overall look of the cake, but I'm a beginner, so I know that there is still lots of room for improvement. For this reason, I'm so happy to share my first class project with all of you, because I'm hoping to hear your opinions about the cake, and I'm particularly hoping to hear comments that may suggest areas for improvement - variations in colors, in design, how may I have changed something slightly and create a greater impact, etc. My only request is that you please provide an explanation with your suggestion(s) so that I can understand your point of view. Thank you all! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Pay close attention to the lessons and replay if necessary. Do more research if you want, and definitely read all the relevant questions and responses that people have asked Jessica before you start your project. This will help you avoid many mistakes, and ultimately will save you time and frustration!

What you will need

  • Buttercream
  • Chocolate
  • Fondant
  • Modeling Chocolate
  • Royal Icing

Q&A with Leyda Vakarelov

SelviS asked:
It's a great design...hard to find fault with it.
Leyda Vakarelov answered:
Thank you very much. I'm glad that you like it. I was advised in another forum that the writing on it was not the best. I agree with them. I guess I have to practice writing a bit more. I find this a bit challenging though!
MyDiwa asked:
I can't believe you're a "beginner"! This cake is gorgeous. I absolutely love the color combinations. Very well executed. As for the writing, I NEVER write on cake - I'm too terrible. What I almost always do is "engrave". I use patchwork alphabet cutters ('cause they're individual letters) and press the wording into fresh fondant. Then I paint over it with whatever is appropriate (like luster dust mixed with vodka). Or I use tappits and attach them to the cake.
Leyda Vakarelov answered:
Thank you for the advice on the writing aspect. I will certainly try these techniques. However, I really want to improve my piping skills, so I will keep practicing that as well! And, Yes, I'm a beginner - I barely started a year ago. Most of the techniques that I used in this cake were for the first time. So, I'm so pleased that you like the cake!!
clouseau asked:
Wow, gorgeous!
Leyda Vakarelov answered:
Thank you so much!
tinybutmighty asked:
Wow this is perfect!
Leyda Vakarelov answered:
Thank you so much. It's encouraging to hear this!
craftsybea asked:
This is beautiful! I love how clean the piping on the design is! Congratulations on your execution!
Leyda Vakarelov answered:
Hi craftsybea - Thank you so much for your positive comment!