Sunday, October 23, 2011
Blue Mason Jar Cake
I was asked to make a cake for a very fancy crafting party. Their theme was centered around old style ball mason jars which actually come in a lovely light blue color, and their logo featured the phrase 'Queen of the Ball'-- as in ball mason jar. The party was very elegant, and many details were given to me to include on this cake.
The good news is, it was right up my alley.
'Can I have flowers?'
'Oh and I love fondant bows.'
'Me too!' :)
So I sketched up my idea for the blue mason jar cake with its lid tilting off and flowers exploding out of it. The client also wanted their prize ribbons and logo to be featured on the cake, so I drew those in the middle of a big bow. She also wanted a crown (you know, the 'queen' part of the theme) to be part of the design, which is how I decided to top the lid with a sugar crown.
Note that my little brain busily works on how exactly I'm going to execute these crazy cakes and looks for potential problems for quite some time before construction begins. Like cakes wake me up in the night. I should probably see someone about that. Anyway...
I started the detail work well in advance. I started with the extra large gum paste peony.
I dusted the bottoms of the ivory hyrangea with pink petal dust and the tops with just a touch of white sparkle. I also made about 10 peony leaves and many hydrangea buds, as well as 2 smaller peonies and two peony buds.
Then I started on the prize ribbons, which I also made from gum paste.
Sorry for the glare from the flash. The whole center is only about 2", so you can only imagine the fun I had painting that logo. I probably should have ordered an edible image, but I only needed one and I don't have an edible ink printer... So I painted away! Painstakingly small! It does actually say 'Queen of the ball' on the jar. The teal gum paste surrounding the logo was painted with confectioners' glaze to make it shiny like a button, and I used bronze luster dust on the spiky circle... for lack of a technical term.
I also made the sugar crown from isomalt a few days prior to delivery:
This meant I got to use my awesome new blow torch!!! :)
While I made the crown, I also made some isomalt gems that I used to finish the board.
I didn't really take too many process pics once I got going. I made the mason jar from 6" round butter cake layers and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. Notice the grooves on the lid? I did those using fondant underlays... ;)
The jar and lid took 6 different layers, with a little cut away around the top of the jar to shape it correctly. I covered the jar in light blue fondant and the lid in gray. I airbrushed a little around the top and the bottom of the jar and airbrushed the lid with silver sheen.
I sprayed the jar with confectioners' glaze to give it a little sheen, then added the SugarVeil lace around the top before stacking on the floral separator and the lid. I was pleased as punch with the SugarVeil lace... just makes a perfect a effect, I think! :)
Note that the jar is doweled throughout with tier separators and after everything was stacked I hammered in one final center dowel to hold everything in place. Can't have our lids sliding off in transit.
I made the bow with teal gum paste and lace from the SugarVeil Circle Bouquets mat-- I just cut off the side designs and layered that over the gum paste. I was thrilled with the effect.
I'm always nervous when I finally go to bed at 2 AM that the cake might spontaneously combust. So I got out of bed and took a picture of it in the fridge... LOL :)
I left some foam and paper towels in place to let everything set up overnight and left the foam in place for transit as well.
Some close ups of the gum paste flowers:
I was really impressed with their setup... look at this dessert table:
I think the ladies who were there when I set up were pretty excited about the cake too-- I know I was. :)
Happy Sunday, my fabulous readers! :)