This retirement cake was a triple layered carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese icing covered in a white chocolate fondant.
The retiree loves penguins so the cake needed to incorporate penguins without looking winter-y. However, her husband drives a vintage convertible and they love going on vacation to Las Vegas (who doesn't?!) so we added some of these elements made the cake less winterish.
The penguins on the cake board are of varying sizes to bring in the concept of children. Before her retirement, the lady this cake is for managed a child care centre for 35 years.
The car was made with rice cereal treats covered in gumpaste and is without a doubt my favorite part of this cake!
The details on the car were done with gumpaste and copious quantities of silver lustre dust. The two penguins in the car are representative of the retiree and her husband.
In this picture, you can see the windshield of the car which was done with a sheet of gelatin. So cute! The "Vegas" sign behind the car is done with more gumpaste surrounded by a border of silver dragees for the "lights".
This cake is vanilla bean sour cream cake filled and iced with a vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream. I tried out a new fondant - McCalls EasyIce White Chocolate fondant - on this cake. I recently took a course with Andrea Sullivan and it is the fondant she uses and it tasted good and looked much easier to work with so I decided to try it out! There is a definite learning curve to working with a different type of fondant but after a few tries, it worked out well I think!
The cake board is covered in a pale pink fondant (although it definitely looks white in the pictures!). The baby carriage on the plaque on top of the cake is made from fondant with the exception of the detailing on the wheels which was painted on with food coloring. The polka dots and bow are also made with fondant.
Congratulations to the mom-to-be! I hope it's a great baby shower.
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