18 August 2011

Almond, Cherry & White Chocolate Cake

My first time with gumpaste! I convinced my lovely co-worker to walk me through my first time. Well, I didn't really have to convince her, she is always willing to teach me anything I don't know how to do. So I needed decided on what to make, something simple & classic without looking cheesy. I remembered the movie 'Run Fat Boy Run' and the wedding cake they had at the beginning with the little daisies scattered on it. It was probably only in the movie for a few seconds, if that. But it made an impression. I normally don't like many wedding cakes because they just go so over the top and look tacky. These little flowers on a minimal white cake was amazing to me. 

So with the opportunity to work with gumpaste, I just had to try to make these little flowers. And I'm in love with them! They were so simple to make, it reminded me of being in art class when I was little. Once the gumpaste is all made, you just have to roll it out, cut out the shape, form the shape then just let them dry. Just get one of those gumpaste mix cans and watch some YouTube videos, the best way to learn for free. It is a lot easier to see someone do it on the screen rather than just reading the instructions on the can and trying to understand exactly what the manufacturers mean.
This cake is the white version of the Chocolate Blackberry Cake I made a while back. So I just changed up the flavorings and fruits and viola! a new cake. 
Almond and cherry, one of the ultimate combinations for me. It just goes perfect together and I don't know why, it's the tastes that blend together so well but also the smells. When I was young I remember using a cherry-almond lotion and thinking it smelled like heaven. I would find any excuse to use it, I just wanted that scent around me at all times. 
Hand-dipped all natural beeswax birthday candles. I wish I could say I made them myself, one day when I have the time, but no I got them shipped to me in a little brown box from some website.
They make me never want to go back to the white striped candles that come in that little yellow box from the grocery store.
A variation of a recipe from Country Living

20 comments:

celine said...

so lovely, Julie! I dig the little flowers too.

ursula said...

That looks so lovely! I love the pink and white stripes when the cake is cut.

Valeria said...

Soooo cute and tender!!!

Ana Magdalena said...

that cake looks so cute that I wouldn't want to eat it!

steph (whisk/spoon) said...

that is so darling. those little gumpaste flowers are easy to make but make a big impact. and that's a fine looking slice of cake, too!

Heidi / foodiecrush said...

What a sweet, striped cake. And you're using my fav brand of preserves (I love the mixed berry). And what fortitude to make the flowers. Woot!

The Procrastobaker said...

Oh...goodness...i dont think theres much more for me to say other than i DEFINITELY plan on making this divine looking cake. Its gorgeous, just gorgeous!

Alice said...

Lovely photos! I just love how the cake is NOT in the centre on the first pic. And on the second from last pic it really looks like a tiny tiny doll cake. So cute!

la domestique said...

That little cake is so sweet. I love the almond and cherry combo too!

B said...

This looks and sounds brilliant!

I love the rawness of your photos! It really brings out the character of the recipes you make!

Great work! Truly inspiring!

If you have time, please visit my blog too! =D

Please continue to write and photograph!

Vintage Style Downunder said...

Oh lovely cake...gorgeous minimal style (tho I personally LOVE over the top too ;))...but the candles! sooo cute..if you ever remember what website you got them from I'd love to know!! Really lovely cake JM
thanks for sharing
jessie, nelson, nz

Kimia Kline said...

just found your blog via sarah leigh and am loving it. moved out from SF about 2 months ago, but reading your recipes and seeing your pics makes me feel like im back in the bay :)

VSC said...

Spectacular!

Ash said...

super cute!!

Anonymous said...

Glorious.

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andthelittlejoys said...

oh just... gorgeous. thank you!

kyleen said...

I agree with you about how many wedding cakes are too over the top. I love how simple but elegant the gum paste flowers look. Gorgeous!

Sneh | Cook Republic said...

lovely cake! so pretty! the pastels are to die for :-)

Liz said...

Love the photos. Made this cake yesterday, it was lovely- thanks for sharing the recipe.

http://thesugarlump.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/almond-cherry-white-chocolate-cake.html

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how long you would bake the batter as cupcakes?