My daughter Sophia was only about a bit over two years old, and she saw me making so many cakes, so she kept asking: When will it be my cake? When will it be my birthday??? So we started to talk about her cake a long time before her birthday. And when I asked her what kind of cake theme she`d like she told me her idea: a unicorn, a princess, a pond, trees and lots of flowers!!!
What a challenge!
That’s how this project got started. Since my daughter loves chocolate, of course I made a chocolate cake. I baked 5 layers for the single tier, and put vanilla buttercream icing between them. The pond was gelatin, prepared in advance and placed just hours before serving. I made the sand around the pond out of brown sugar. Sophia, my friend Maria, and I made over 150 flowers out of fondant for the side,.
The trees and the rose bush were made out of gum paste, with each leaf and each piece of fruti hand cut and attached separately. I used an edible paint to get the bark effect on the tree trunks.
I made the princess and unicorn out of gum paste, and well in advance. The unicorn had a blue tail and mane, a gold horn, and pink hooves. The princess’ dress was actually made separately and I arranged the skirt around her legs where she sits. I made the book last, and used edible paint to put writing onto each of the 4 pages. Then I dusted them both with edible pearl dust.
The night before the party it was finally time to put everything together! The fondant placed smoothly, and the flowers looked great. The trees and rose bush went in well, and the pond fit perfectly in the “sandy” semi-circle I had left on top. Last, the princess and unicorn took their places, and the cake was ready. Then , it was 3 am, and I could actually go to sleep and relax before the party…
By the end of the party, we had only one little piece left, which we saved for some friends who couldn’t come.
As always, I enjoyed this project and can’t wait for the next one…