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.
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.
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!
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!! ) 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.
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!