This design was modified from a cake in the 2009 Wilton Yearbook. I loved the cake as soon as I saw it but thought it would look better in black and white (the cake was done in ivory and chocolate in the book).
I opted to top the cake with a white gumpaste peony tinged with black instead of the bow on the cake in the yearbook. The pattern on the white fondant ribbons coming down the sides of the cake tiers is piped with black royal icing.
This blog will follow my adventures with cake, pastry and all things sweet!