Beach Cake
Posted: 23 June 2011 08:24 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I made this cake for my friend’s daughter for her 9th birthday.  She is having a beach party theme.

The cake is Rose’s white velvet butter cake filled with strawberry cloud cream and iced with white chocolate mousseline.  The shells are made of white chocolate which I dusted with color, and the sand was made of a combination of graham cracker crumbs and sugar in the raw.

I wanted to put some blue fondant waves up one side of the cake but it just wasn’t working out as I had planned so I didn’t bother.

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Posted: 23 June 2011 08:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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so so beautiful liza !! the flavours sound wonderful and the cake looks spectcular.. you ve smoothed it to a T !!! if i may… are the shells white chocolate too?

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Posted: 23 June 2011 09:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Oh my goodness.  this is so beautiful and elegant.  Great job!

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Posted: 23 June 2011 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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That cake is absolutely stunning. Did you make the shells by hand or use a mold? I made a seahorse cake for a child many years ago, waves and all, and when I delivered it the Mom poked fat broken shell bits all over it to “dress it up”. Not at all the look you’ve created, which is charming.

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Posted: 23 June 2011 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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What a gorgeous cake!  The shells look so real.  Fantastic job!

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Posted: 23 June 2011 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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That is an incredible cake. So imaginative and so beautiful. You did a fantastic job

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Posted: 23 June 2011 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I thought the shells were the real thing, until I read they’re white chocolate!

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Posted: 23 June 2011 01:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I am personally floored.  The sand—I LOVE the sand!—and the shells—and the ARRANGEMENT!!—are just brilliant!!  The whole thing—the colors and how you colored the shells—is just perfect!  This would be a great idea for a cheesecake, too, with the graham cracker crumbs!

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Posted: 23 June 2011 06:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments.  This cake really didn’t go as planned.  I originally wanted to do a beach umbrella, chair and beach ball laying on the sand with a few sea shells scattered around, but I only had 3 days to do this ( I must remember not to do last minute requests anymore - too bad on my nerves!! LOL )  I had no gumpaste made nor the time to dry the pieces thoroughly.  So this became my alternate design.  I have to bring it to work tomorrow so I ended up using a sray bottle and misting both torted layers with vanilla simple syrup.  I know I used less than what Rose suggests for buttercakes, I was too afraid that it would become soggy.  I will have to ask my friend after the party how the cake was.

The shells were made with a silicone mold that I poured melted white chocolate in.  Really easy to make and the results were very realistic.

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Posted: 24 June 2011 12:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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it is so beautiful! Like everyone else said- the sand is fabulous. such wonderful decorations!

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Posted: 25 June 2011 08:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Wowie wow wow, Liza, it’s wonderful!!!  The sand and shells are absolutely perfect, I’ll bet the little girls were thrilled smile  Sop glad you posted.

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Posted: 26 June 2011 02:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Liza, I saw this earlier and didn’t have time to respond, but wow—the shells and sand look like the real deal!  An absolute marvel of a cake!  Great, great work!

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Posted: 26 June 2011 04:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Thank-you Jane, Julie and Sherrie for the compliments.  My friend was thrilled with the cake when she came to pick it up.  I will see her next week at work and ask her how it tasted.

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Posted: 26 June 2011 10:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I really can’t let this one go by without commenting on it, it is beautiful!  I thought the shells were real as well, they look so delicate.

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Posted: 28 June 2011 01:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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That is beautiful! I can picture it as a wedding cake as well.  Another idea for the shells—I have a friend who lives in Belgium and always brings me Belgian chocolate shells.  They’re delish and look just like your shells… in fact, that’s what I thought they were! Maybe too rich for a 9 year old, but when you make this cake again for a wedding, well… who knows? Bring on the Belgian chocolate sea shells!

http://www.amazon.com/Guylian-Belgian-Chocolate-Shells-8-82/dp/B0026NLHDI

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Posted: 02 July 2011 03:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I know I am late but that is a beautiful cake….and so creative!!

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