Let me start off by saying I love this goofy little cake! It has been a while since I was truly excited about a cake. Many of the cakes I have done recently have been repeats of ones prior…not much of a challenge. This time I was given free rein in design and decorating…I love when that happens.
Two things were for sure…the cake needed to be two tiers and needed to incorporate farm animals. I got to work the same way I always do by heading to the internet! Yes I have ideas of my own, but the internet is an invaluable tool when putting together my vision. I can find new techniques and borrow bits and pieces from others to come up with my master plan.
This time around I planned to stay away from decorating with fondant; instead I would try my hand at decorating with buttercream. Don’t get me wrong, I love how smooth and flawless fondant makes a cake appear, but there is something whimsical and scrumptious about buttercream. Buttercream makes you want to dive in and devour that cake.
I needed some technique other than decorating with buttercream, something to make it a bit more fun. Sweetopia not only is one of the cutest websites online, they make the most beautiful cookies. Aside from showcasing their work, they offer informative tutorials on decorating with Royal Icing. Did you know…aside from piping royal icing on cakes and cookies you can pipe designs onto parchment paper, let dry and then apply directly to a cake? Here is the article on how to do it… Royal Icing Flood Work or Runouts.
I decided to break-up the tiers of this cake. The bottom tier would be the ground…pastures with fence and cute farm animals. The top tier would be sky with a few clouds and a couple of birds.
I tried the royal icing technique on the farm animals. Pigs and Sheep seemed an easy way to start. I drew out a few designs and placed parchment paper over the top of the design. I then piped royal icing over the lines. Seems easy enough, doesn’t it? After all the animals were complete, I placed them on cookie sheets to dry overnight. I removed them by simply sliding an offset spatula underneath to release them. They were attached directly to the cake with a couple dabs of royal icing…voila! Those little sheep and piggies just made me smile…perfect!