My nephew Cody received his First Holy Communion yesterday.
My sister Kathy, a.k.a. "The Trail Blazer", requested a "non-traditional" First Communion cake. (My apologies to the Academy of the Assumption) She gave me some brief specifics on what she didn't want, and said she trusted me to come up with something fun. Of course that completely ruled out the three foot long chocolate crucifix I had been planning for months. :)
Well, of COURSE I started with chocolate cake....DUH!
But then I made a Coconut Cake for the top tier.....
...because I'm told that there are some people that actually don't like chocolate??
Who the heck are these people?
I certainly don't know ANY of them.
When you're working with fondant, the cake has to be crumb-coated first. Just barely put on a skim layer of buttercream, refrigerate it for about an hour, then start rolling out the fondant....and remember, once you have covered the cake with fondant it can't be refrigerated again. I usually just cover it all over with lots of Saran Wrap and store it in a cool (not cold) place until I'm finished working with it.
I'm sure I'll be making this "zebra cake" again...I just love the way this looks!
My sister requested bright fun colors ...like Apple Green and Purple....the black and white was my idea....mainly because I love black and white. Also, knowing how Cody loves animals, I knew he would be excited that his cake looked like a Zebra. And he WAS!
How in the heck do I come up with some of this stuff?? Well, the inspiration for some of my crazy projects can come from anywhere. Sometimes I work with a specific color in mind before even starting on a project. Other times, an inspiration just walks in and sits right down in front of me......
.....other times the color choices are so obvious, they just about slap me in the face !
Then I have to sketch it out........and erase it.........and sketch it ...and erase it until I have a design that works for me.....
Tell me.......do the white fondant crosses tip you off that this cake is for a First Communion.....or does it remind you of some sort of zoological preppy-gothic celebration?
Hmmmm, note to self: next time make sure that the cake is not overfilled with frosting...otherwise it can cause the fondant to ripple when it hardens..................dang it.
What matters most of course, is that my nephew truly loved it...
.......and promptly declared that it was the best First Communion cake in the world!
Hopefully, everyone else thought so too.