Ooh la la, what better way to celebrate your 10th birthday than with a Paris-inspired cake in homage to American Girl of the Year Grace!
I have had a fascination with cake decorating ever since I was a little kid. One of my favorite things to check out of the library was Wilton cake decorating yearbooks. I have never taken a proper class, so I wing it and try to make it work with the skills I do have.
Brianna requested a red velvet cake with chocolate frosting (unusual!) and a theme of Paris and GOTY Grace.
I used fondant (ordered from Amazon) rolled out with a rolling pin and cut with a biscuit cutter. Fondant is similar to a big tub of edible Play Doh. I drew Eiffel towers, French poodles, and other pictures using a food-safe pen (also from Amazon). I learned how to draw some of these great shapes at the blog The Decorated Cookie. I added color to my designs with gel food color thinned with vodka and painted with a clean, new paintbrush. I tried to evoke the colors in Grace’s Patisserie. I also cut out a few Eiffel towers free-hand with a knife and finished them with edible white glitter.
These were great do-ahead decorations because I could work on them during the week and assemble the cake quickly the day before the party. I originally was going to put some macarons on the top, but they ended up looking like wayward hamburger buns sitting there.
Last year’s birthday cake also involved American Girl, so I will share that with you in a future post.