I promised an update on my hopes to duplicate the air-brushed two tone color effect from the picture I posted.
First, I went to Michael’s. Wilton’s blue color spray was the wrong shade. I wanted to match, or at least come close to the dark blue-green buttercream I’d be using for the cake border and other touches here and there. No worries, I still had Plan B—color striping with a rose tip/tube. Instead of brush striping with food color though, I would use two buttercreams. A stripe of the darker blue-green buttercream inside my bag, then fill it with the pale ocean spray blue-green I’d chosen for my main background color.
It would have worked beautifully but for one thing. The main buttercream was Rose’s white choc. cream cheese, which doesn’t pipe very well at all. It’s absolute perfection with carrot cake. But too soft and creamy to hold its shape well, not to mention withstand the heat from your hands. I knew that!! sheesh, that’s why I did all the other piping work on the cake with some white choc. mousseline I had on hand. I guess I just forgot in the excitement of seeing that picture and wanting to produce a similar effect.
But all in all, I’m pleased with the cake and glad that I tried some new techniques. And I’m so glad that I made Rose’s carrot cake! I shied away from it previously because I don’t have a savarin ring mold. Didn’t stop to think until I *heard* Hector raving about his many versions, from muffins to wedding cake, that you could use the batter in other pans. It was certainly a fabulous choice for this particular family. They’re all very keen on healthy choices, including the birthday girl. Her grandma said Kelina might have a bite or two, but the main thrill would be having Nemo on her birthday cake!
Photo attached. Details: 9” single layer (1.5 x recipe page 75-6 TCB), sliced into two layers, filled and frosted with white chocolate cream cheese bc. Ocean floor, writing and border in white chocolate mousseline (various colors). Nemo & coral in chocolate melts.
Thanks again for your ideas and also for answering so quickly!