The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~ Henry Van Dyke
While we still wait for spring… let’s enjoy a lovely spring inspired cake!
A good friend of mine asked me to make a birthday birthday cake for her lovely daughters 26th birthday. The birthday girls favorite colors are the tiffany blue, black, white and lots of bling and her mother gave me the direction to make something in that color pallet with lots of flowers, something spring like, so this is what I created.
Although spring seems to be taking its time arriving, it doesn’t mean that we can’t embrace spring in other ways, like with cake… like a cake with lots and lots of flowers!
I love baking and I especially love making layer cakes with good fillings and frosting, lots of pretty flowers and lovely color combinations. I love the creative process of designing cakes, being given an idea or a direction and coming up with a way to bring the idea to life.
I can imagine this cake in multiple tiers… like maybe two or three? I mean this one is pretty, but just imagine flowers cascading down the cake from one tier to the next. That would be beautiful. Does anyone out there need a cake with two or three tiers with cascading flowers, anyone?!?
This cake was a lemon vanilla butter cake, with a thin layer of lemon curd filling and an Italian Meringue Buttercream frosting. Pretty classic flavor combination, but it seemed perfect for a spring inspired cake. I love lemon curd, especially homemade, its so easy to make. Plus, when you make Italian Meringue Buttercream you are left with just enough egg yolks for a batch of lemon curd! Perfect!
I mentioned that the birthday girl likes bling and although this cake isn’t full of bling, I did add a couple iridescent and black sugar crystals for some… sparkle! The birthday girls loved the cake, but noted that I needed to up my bling for her future wedding cake… so I’ll get to work practicing so I’ll be ready!
So a word about the CUT cake…
I have a thing about seeing the inside of the cut cake. Maybe its because I don’t often get to see the cake cut and have the pleasure of seeing the layers and the filling inside. I work really hard to make sure that the layers are even and that I have equal amounts of filling and that hopefully the inside will look just as pretty as the outside. Every so often I’ll get someone to actually send me a picture of the cake after its is cut. So that I can check my work out on the inside! My friend was kind enough to send me this picture… and I am SO pleased with my layers! Just look at all that evenness. The inside is just as important as what’s on the outside.
I am so pleased with how this cake turned out, it makes me think of spring and gives me hope for warmer days to come.
Here’s hoping we will start seeing some real spring flowers soon… but until then, hope you enjoy the cake!