Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage. Julia Cameron
…or a blank cake!
I love love love decorating… cakes, cupcakes, cookies… whatever! I bake way more than what I actually share on my blog. As an aside, I am going to try to do better and post more regularly. The blogs I love the most are the ones that I can count on for regular content, so I am going to try to follow in their good example.
Now on to this cake…. I have been on a ‘yellow’ kick lately! This is my second yellow cake and I’ve also used yellow in a couple of my cupcakes. Maybe I am drawn to this color because I am hoping for spring to really come, or perhaps it reminds me of my mom who loves yellow roses. Whatever the case, its a beautiful color and I think it made for a very beautiful cake.
I have been trying to practice my free hand decorating. I usually make the cake and create the flowers separately and then place them on the cake. However, I needed to make finish this cake quickly, so I didn’t really have time for the extra step in pre-making the flowers, so I decided to give this a try and freestyle on the flowers… I was pretty proud of how they turned out! Plus, I got this fancy cake decorating stand from my mom for my birthday, so I believe that it helped.
Left to my own devices, I would bake something new… everyday. Whether I had reason to or not. I have so many saved recipes, cake decorating ideas and pictures of goodness that I would like to try. So, I guess that’s the reason why when I get the opportunity to make something for someone, I go all in! I go through my mental Pinterest, Instagram, cookbook catalog and decide which technique, recipe, look I will use for this precious baking opportunity I have before me. Sometimes its a little overwhelming… but I love it all the same.
I decided to add leaves to the flowers this time. Although I know flowers have leaves for some reason I tend not to include them when I make flower on my cakes. I’m not sure why, but this time I did and I think that they make all the difference in the look of the cake. Makes it look more alive and vibrant!
This is a hummingbird cake, so as with all of my cakes of this type, I like to add the pecans on the top of the cake. I decided to glaze these nuts in some of the pineapple syrup that was added to the frosting. So, I guess these are pineapple wet nuts… I need to think about what else I can use this for, they were so good!
No recipe to share, this cake is a classic, so I follow the original version from 1978 which can be found here. No need to mess with perfection!
I’m always looking for great baking sites for more inspiration… I’d appreciate everyone’s feedback on your favorite baking sites!