The Beach Cake
Posted: 25 May 2008 05:02 PM   [ Ignore ]
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After all the buttercream false starts, eggwhite questions, and cakes spilling out of the pans, here it is.  Yellow buttercake with Mousseline Buttercream. Decorated with hand-made and painted butter cookie shells, and some chocolate shells and stones.  The theme for this wedding shower was the beach, and she also ordered butter cookies decorated like sea-shells.  The platter shows the favor cookies with the cookies that would eventually grace the cake, all on the cake board.

It was worth the greasy sticky kitchen.  I learned a lot, and found everyones posts most enlightening.  It’s great to have a place where you can pick everyone’s brains.

Over the years, my emphasis has been on decorated cookies.  This is the second time I have used them as cake decorations.

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JennyBee

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Posted: 25 May 2008 07:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Lovely job JennyBee.
The biscuits/cookies are very cute, I particularly like the way you managed to get the pattern on the Shell ones to look so realistic.

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Posted: 25 May 2008 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I agree… they are very realistic looking.  Beautiful job on the cake and cookies.

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Posted: 25 May 2008 09:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Wow!

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Posted: 25 May 2008 10:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Excellent job - the cookies are amazing and make wonderful cake decorations!

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Posted: 26 May 2008 02:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Your cookies shells are extraordinary!!!  And I love how you draped the plater and bottom of the cake with “ocean”

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Posted: 26 May 2008 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Excellent work, specially on the cookie platter. The shells look so real. What did you use for the “ocean” on the cake?

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Posted: 26 May 2008 05:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thank you, all. 

The ocean is actually just buttercream.  If I were to be more adventurous I probably would go with rolled fondant for a smoother effect, and maybe some true dimension on the waves.  But I have never attempted rolled fondant before.  Maybe that will be my next project. 

I made a parchment pattern, traced it with, I think a safety pin, and piped on the buttercream.  I then smoothed it out with a toothed plastic clay tool to get some directional texture.  The platter is two 14” cake boards glued together and then iced with royal icing.

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Posted: 26 May 2008 10:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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What a great idea to use shaped cookies! You’ve shown how elegant they can look, and I bet they are very tasty. Let’s see, what would I rather eat, pastillage or a butter cookie…

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Posted: 27 May 2008 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Wonderful, Jenny!  I love the shells/cookies too

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Posted: 04 June 2008 12:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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JennyBee,

I’m late to this thread, it appears that I am so technilogically challenged that I couldn’t figure out how to log in… Yikes! 

Anyway, great cake, really love the cookies!  And I’ve seen lately that cookies used to decorate a wedding cake are trendy right now, will that be your next project?

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Posted: 04 June 2008 04:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Julie,

Thank you.  I didn’t know there was a trend.  The customer the beach cake was for did comment that her shower cake was going to look better than her wedding cake.  So who knows?  I’ve never done a wedding cake. 

Glad you got the log-in down.  I love these forums.

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Posted: 05 June 2008 04:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Very cute! I have some “under the sea” cookie cutters that I have used several times but now I am inspired to do a beach cake with them!
Excellent job!
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