Friday, September 2, 2011

˚tutorial˚ Picnic Wedding: The Cake

Let me apologize in advance. For some reason, some of the how-to pictures for the cake (and the topper) were misplaced. It might have something to do with the fact that there were about 10 people in the house we were staying in before my sister's wedding, or the fact that I was using two different cameras (along with everyone else), or the fact that there were so many projects going on at once my head was spinning. 

Regardless...I hope it will do.

The bride and groom only wanted a cake to cut. They didn't want to serve it, or really ever eat it again (except for maybe on their first wedding anniversary). Can I say no pressure? It really didn't even have to taste good. They did have one request though. A little odd. And completely fun too. 

They wanted unicorn cake toppers. Ha! I loved it!

So, lets start with the cake.

I have actually never made a cake with fondant, so this was a learning process for me. To be honest, I mostly watched (and helped a little). This was really my little sister and sister-in-law's project. I just couldn't keep my nose out of it.

If you need a really good cake making series, check this one out here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to start at the beginning. (And by the way, if you haven't seen Ashley's blog, you are missing out. Just don't forget about me here once you visit there.)

This is all I captured. 
She kneaded the fondant:

Rolled it out:

And shaped it to the cake:

She then trimmed the excess and added little butter cream dots all over. It was great!

In order to add a little decoration to the cake platter (which you will see in the big reveal) we sewed some ribbon and lace together.

For the toppers, I made most of the unicorns with clay using inspiration that my sister found somewhere (I wish I could give credit. Sorry!) The body and the head are made of clay. Before I baked anything, I poked holes into the body and head to be sure that the painted wooden dowels for the legs and neck had a way to attach. I made the ears, tail, and unicorn horns separate and glued them on after the pieces were baked. 

I actually used tiny pieces of broom bristles for the eyelashes and poked tiny holes for the bristles before I baked the head. The unicorn horn is also make from clay. After it baked, we covered it in glitter. 

The little flowers are made from clay and the veil is an extra piece of lace from my sister's wedding dress (that my mom made). The top hat is clay and I used a sewing pin (with the top head removed) and poked it into the head and hat to keep it secure (with a little glue too). And...the tie is extra fabric from the pennant banners we made here (just attached with glue).

Phew! What do you think? Did we do a good job meeting the bride and groom's request? Would you ever put unicorn cake toppers on your cake if they looked like this?


  1. This is adorable! I love it! The detail is so sweet! Thanks for sharing!


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