This weekend I had the opportunity to make a 1-year birthday cake, for one of the cutest baby boys on the planet.
Not only was this his first birthday cake, it was actually his first CAKE. Ever. Period.
A whole year on the planet, and he hadn’t experienced the world of “dessert” yet. Well, we’ve fixed all that.
Totally unrelated, but I’m told he didn’t nap at all that afternoon.
The design requested was quite simple, but really fun to put together! I didn’t invent it, my clients found a photo on the internet and then asked me to replicate it, but sometimes replicating a design can have its own challenges. The cake they showed me was tall, but slender – I estimated 6″ round. They needed 20-30 servings though so I achieved this by adding cupcakes to the order keeping in theme. I could have went with a larger cake, but I felt that it would lose some of its cutsie charm if I did that.
The cupcakes worked out well though, because the little man got to throw himself (quite literally) into his own personal sized cake! They sent me a photo, it’s overwhelmingly precious.
One of the challenges when copying a design, is that you don’t have the same tools the other decorator used. In fact, you have no clue what they used. Or what obstacles they had to overcome. Or anything. Luckily for me, I found the colours easy to mix, and I’m married to a graphic designer.
It cost me a fresh pot of coffee, 3 eggs over-easy and 2 slices of toast, and some of the applewood smoked goat cheese I’d been hoarding, but my man came through. I used a fondant blade to cut the whales from fondant, and it was incredibly easy! The design is fluid enough that I could cut quickly, and the tail was shaped in such a way that I didn’t lose a single one in the cutting, transferring or applying process.
So here, I’m sharing. Feel free to print, share, use and enjoy this little stencil, and if you think of it, maybe link back to me so I can see your adorable creations.
Download it here: Whale Stencil