Spring Blossom Buttercream Sponge Cake
So… the award for “the worlds worst decorated cake” goes to…. Me! Since I’m going to show everything created on this blog, here’s my so-called Spring Blossom cake. Everything went smoothly until decorating time. The buttercream even went relatively well (considering that I’ve only applied buttercream as an outer frosting to two cakes in my 30 years of existence). Everything went completely pear shaped when I made the blossoms and thereafter.
I used a blossom plunger cutter, perfect. My rolled fondant (sugarpaste), not so perfect. It cracked a hella lot when using the ball tool to thin the edges. Not good. I carried on with the thoughts of ‘hmm, well blossoms don’t look perfect when they’ve fell off the tree anyway.’ When it was time to use more sugarpaste, I busted out the shop bought and low and behold, no cracking on the edges. Gah! So, there’s some pretty blossoms and the rest not so pretty. But the first ever time I have ever thinned using a ball tool and foam mat. Which I enjoyed a little too much even if they didn’t look perfecto.
Once things started going wrong, it was all downhill from there, I’m afraid. Attaching the blossoms went OKish for most part as I’d applied the second coating of buttercream to the cake and they adhered OK. Although I made a massive newbie mistake of leaving some of the blossoms to dry overnight with the intention of fixing them to the cake with Royal Icing today. BIG mistake. They didn’t fix well and some of the petals broke off. Oh, and did I mention that I kept knocking the buttercream on the outside and making marks? LOL.
I applied pink Royal Icing to the middle of the blossoms too. Again, some went horribly wrong. I used a 10-second royal icing and was good for creating dots but some merged together, oopsies. Nothing a soft pink blush dragee couldn’t fix, hehe!
So there you have it. An ugly yet fantastic tasting disaster, bittersweet!
I’m hoping (praying) that I can only get better with more practise at smoothing buttercream and the decorating part. This must be my karma from the cake for betraying it with cupcakes for so long.
Sorry cake, I still love you.