Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Orange Birthday Cake

I was asked to make a 30th birthday cake for a fabulous lady who's favorite color was orange...

It was an interesting challenge to come up with a theme and color scheme that incorporated orange that would not look like Halloween, so here's what I came up with. 

First of all, this was my first gluten-free cake, so I learned a few things, like don't use Pam Baking (with flour in it!) when you're making such a cake. FYI.

I covered the cake in Swiss Meringue Buttercream, which I colored orange.  However, I found that it was hard to smooth it and keep the color consistent, so I ended up airbrushing it with some orange and pink pearl shimmer to even it out.   I piped the scrolls with white royal icing and painted them gold, then the strings and letters I piped with burgundy royal icing.  However, it was super humid when I made this cake and this was the first time I ever saw color start to run.  If I had it to do over again, I would have let the cake thaw from the fridge longer (because it was sweating a little) and let the airbrush color dry longer before I had done the piping.  I finished the design with buttercream borders and purple isomalt gems.

My friend who requested this cake said they ate the whole thing, so I hope it was tasty! :)


  1. What an elegant looking cake. Great job. Dad

  2. my sons favorite color is orange and it is hard to keep things from looking Halloween for sure. WE are going with black and orange for his graduation soon....if I don't have an airbrush will painting orange on help??? it will only be touches, mostly a black..chocolate cake. Maybe orange fondant swirls....
    This cake is beautiful, you did a wonderful job!

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