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Pretty Pretty Princess

I should note that whenever there are ugly cake pictures on here, it’s because hubby wasn’t home to take them.  Any tips on good cake photography?

A coworker asked me to bake a cake for her daughter’s 1st birthday.  Not being a mother myself, I never thought that babies need special cake ingredients – think I grew up on regular sugar and flour and I turned out…fine.  Anyway, she had a recipe for a baby-friendly carrot cake, but all the special ingredients made me nervous that it wouldn’t turn out properly.  In the spirit of fall (this was November), we ended up choosing an apple cake with cream cheese inside and out.

As inspiration, she gave me a napkin with the princess theme.  I love sparkles!

Napkin below:


For the crown, I used royal icing on parchment, then laid it on the side of a pot for curvature.

Tip #1: If you plan to stand something 3D up, make sure you draw the bottom flat!  I decided to curve it at the last minute, so when I went to put it on the cake, the bottom part wouldn’t sit.  Hence the corner attempt.

Tip #2: An object is only as strong as its weakest point.  I put too much pressure on the crown and it cracked!  Oh lord.  I did a quick royal icing repair job, but I wasn’t very happy:


The letters weren’t those storebought candy ones.  Oh no – I didn’t even think of that option until after I did these.  I used more royal icing and use pink sparkles to make it shine:


Tip #3: Make at least 3 times the amount of royal icing decorations you will need.  Even if you’ve done it a thousand times, you don’t want to risk last minute breakage.

The finished product – thanks for asking me to do this, Christine!


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