The Whole Museum!

That was the title for my cake for the Let Them Eat Cake event for City of Hope.

VanGogh Cake with frame

The theme was Masterpieces of Cake,  I went outside the lines a little bit with my cake (which I like to do)  I didn’t just stick with paintings, I went to the Philadelphia Art Museum and looked around,  I was reminded that fine art is not always a painting, it is a Vase, a sculpture, even a poem or book.   So that is what inspired me,  art of all kinds.

This was the final product, all set up at the event.  It was a large column, a hand piped vase on top with three stacked books on top of that.  Leaning on the column, almost completely upright was my buttercream rendition of “A Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh, one of my favorite paintings of all time.  It was an actual cake, albeit in a box, I wanted to to be able to be really made in cake.  Lastly was a chocolate sculpture based on the Kissing Students Sculpture in Estonia.  I really love that statue, It just gives me a happy feeling (I have never actually seen it in person though).

Museum Cake 2

This is it again, recreated back at my studio, unfortunately without the chocolate sculpture which met an unfortunate end in the journey back from the event.

Museum Cake

Chocolate Sculpture and Vangogh Cake

Chocolate Sculpture and Vangogh Cake 2

 Handmade Gumpaste Peonies

Red Gumpaste Peony

Hand Piping on the vase, (please excuse the lighting, the Crystal Tea Room is beautiful, but not ideal for cake photography).

Handpiped Vase

I thought there would actually be a lot of “impressionist” cakes.  That particular technique lends itself to cake a little more easily.  However there was only one other Van Gogh cake, and it was of the Sunflowers,  No other impressionist cakes at all…Whew…!  But in reality, I loved how it came out!

VanGogh in Buttercream

A few how to pics!  This is my buttercream palette, I tried to keep it really neat but it still got jumbled!

My Buttercream Palatte

This is the cake,  I built a box for it from foam core, lined it with parchment, covered the outside with fondant, cut the cake to fit in really snugly and smooshed it in there with a bit of buttercream and just for good measure I made pegs of plastic plates and shish kabob sticks just to be sure it would not go anywhere!  Then I drew on a basic template and piped away!

Would you call this a study? Buttercream Vangogh

See!  I told you it was real cake!  And the nurses in the PICU at CHOP were happy to help eat it!

The vangogh cake cake is real

We did not actually win the competition, (don’t get me started)  The cake that did win was wonderful.  If you would like see some of the other cakes, here is a link to an article.  Overall, it was a good expirience, It was nice to interact with some of the other bakers.


Paisley Wedding Cake

Paisley wedding cake

A lovely cake for a wedding at the Arts Ballroom Philadelphia. It is a lovely venue!

Paisley Wedding cake2

The monogram was designed by the groom for a personal touch!

paisley piping

There were two simple layers and two layers that were entirely hand piped with a paisley pattern.

Peony Wedding Cake

We went for simple and romantic with this coral colored wedding cake.

gumpaste peony

Five hand made sugar peonies and several sugar roses!  We went for really simple with the white fondant, that way the focus remains on the handiwork of the flowers!

Peony Wedding Cake

The Wedding was at the Wildwood Convention Center,  The room was very pretty, looking out over the boardwalk at sunset!

A Wedding Cake with a Fun Surprise

A classically beautiful wedding cake,  Simple but actually intricate.

embroidery wedding cake

Brush embroidery to look like lace, with hand piping on the trim

Embroidery wedding cake Close up

But we want a little fun too.  So in lieu of a grooms cake we made a little Scooby Doo Tribute peeking out of the side of the cake!

Scooby and Shaggy wedding cake

scooby and shaggy wedding cake 2

So I had a bit of a learning moment on this delivery.  I didn’t ask enough specifics about the reception area, while it was at a restaurant it was actually on the outdoor patio…in June..It was 80 degrees in the shade.  It took some doing, a few discussions with the wedding people and the florist, that “No it’s not ice cream but it will still melt in 80 Degrees”  All in all it was fine, the humidity gave it a little shine, but it could not sit out for the entire reception.  Lesson learned!

Embroidery wedding cake 2