A Very Special Cake for a Very Special Birthday Girl!

A very special cake for a very special Birthday Girl! from Order in the KitchenYesterday, my friend Marina had a birthday.  I won’t tell you how old she is but I’ll tell you that she is definitely a glamour girl… a princess… a girl who loves to and deserved to party in style.  So nothing felt more right than making her a glittery, girly, princess-y cake!  I had been brainstorming for weeks.  Planning and pinning the best ideas I had found and inspiration for what I wanted to create for her.  If you don’t know what I mean by pinning, here you go.  You’re welcome.  {Don’t blame me when you get addicted…just warning you}

Pinterest is the world’s best internet site to find inspiration and amazing things.  I had made a board with all of the best ideas I thought would fit her personality and be delicious as well.  I decided to go with a few different ideas: Glitter, Bows, and Ombre.  I used the recipe from Whisk Kid for a “White (but not really) Cake” which Sweetapolita also used for her amazing rainbow doodle cake.  I then made all the layers different shades of purple.

Basically I took the whole batter and weighed it on my scale, then determined that each layer (of 6) would be 9 3/4 oz and then it was easy to measure out each layer.  I greased the pans and then did the first layer as white (real white, not off white…I used white Americolor gel to get the white layer perfectly white).  Then after taking out the white layer and putting it in a 9in greased cake pan, I added in a little purple Americolor (these things are amazing) into the bowl (see below)…then measured out the next layer, added more purple and then did the next layer…and so on until I had done all 6 layers, the 6th layer being a deep purple.

A very special cake for a very special Birthday Girl!Next, I made the fondant.  I used a basic marshmallow fondant recipe that I found here.  I then made extra fondant and dyed it pink to make the ribbon.  I followed this video tutorial for how to make the ribbon, because I thought it was very easy to follow.  I made the “M” with the leftover white fondant and printed out a large calligraphy “M” from the internet, then outlined it and cut the fondant along the edges.  Then I put the “M” and the ribbon on sheet trays and put vodka on them with my fingertips (I like using vodka because it evaporates quickly). Once I had put the vodka on the fondant “M” and ribbon, I sprinkled the heck out of it with disco dust.  I used “Sea Green” for the “M” and Raspberry for the bow.  Rosie from Sweetapolita was an absolute doll and gave me some great useful tips on handling disco dust.  Hi Rosie! Thanks!

I didn’t completely take step by step photos because my hands were mostly working in messy stuff and I couldn’t always touch my camera!  But I think I captured most of the good stuff!

MAKING THE CAKE LAYERS:

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MAKING THE FONDANT:

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THE CAKE:

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Marina loving the fondant ribbon…   OK REALLY loving it as you can see from her face on the right!:

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The Ombre inside!  It probably would have looked a little cleaner had we actually had a sharp knife to cut it with!  But we did the best we could!

A very special cake for a very special Birthday Girl!HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINA!!!A very special cake for a very special Birthday Girl!

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