I delivered this groom’s cake to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx last Friday (pre-hurricane!) for a Miller Lite loving groom who graduated from Notre Dame. Since the venue didn’t serve Miller Lite, the bride wanted to give this cake as a surprise gift to her groom as a consolation.
The cake was comprised of devil’s food cake, filled and frosted with Guinness buttercream and decorated in fondant, modeling chocolate, gum paste & isomalt. The insides of the beer bottles were made of molded rice cereal treats.
It has been quite a while since I worked with isomalt, but now I think I am hooked on sugar again. I really do think that isomalt creates the most realistic looking sugar ice, don’t you?
Be on the lookout for some new and interesting sugar techniques with isomalt from Sweet Element soon!
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Tagged 3D cake, beer bucket cake, beer cake, beer groom's cake, bucket cake, bucket of beer cake, grooms cake, miller lite cake, ny grooms cake, sculpted cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element cake, sweet element grooms cake
Happy Octoberfest! Here’s the latest Sweet Element cake that was made for a Octoberfest themed birthday party in Montclair this weekend. Inside the stein was a black forest cake (chocolate cake, kirsch infused cherries & chocolate buttercream) and whipped cream topped the cake to make the “foam”. The pretzels were made of modeling chocolate & topped with salt.
I always thought that I’d be making a pint of Guinness cake as a grooms cake, but our friends’ Irish pub birthday party this past Saturday presented the perfect occasion to create this cake. If you ever find yourself in Hoboken, NJ – go visit Carpe Diem for perfect pints & excellent pub food!
Since the pub’s true birthday is 7/15, I included 15 clovers on the board, three of which were gold four leaf clovers, as the pub was celebrating it’s 3rd birthday.
The cake consisted of alternating layers of devil’s food cake & yellow butter cake that was filled and frosted with Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream. A combination of chocolate & vanilla fondant was used to decorate the exterior of the cake.
I thought the guys would enjoy the little clover in the foam detail on the top 🙂
Joe & Billy in Carpe Diem’s dining room with the cake!
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Tagged beer cake, birthday cake, cake, Carpe Diem bar, Guinness, Guinness cake, Irish cake, pint, pint cake, Special Occasion Cake, Sweet Element, Sweet Element cake
As with most of my days “off”, I spent this past Friday making another SweetElement cake! While I throughly enjoy making cakes for commission, the joy of making cakes for friends and family that leaves me total creative control from start to finish is something that just can’t be matched.
The inspiration for this cake came to me simply by thinking of things that my friend Jon loves … beer & monkeys! The cake itself was a devil’s food cake filled with cookies & cream buttercream, frosted in chocolate buttercream and decorated in fondant and royal icing. The “sand” was a combination of crushed cookies. Total height was ~12″.
Initially, I thought it would be a cute idea to theme the cake around the 4th of July since we were going over for a 4th of July BBQ (even though the party was on the 5th), so I made red white & blue monkeys as accessories. My favorite of the three was the red stripe drinking blue monkey with his hand on his little beer belly — too cute!
The red monkey sporting a “420” um, “plant inspired” shirt is happily munching some chips and smokin’ a little something ;p
Here’s a view of the bottlecap and the three monkeys … including the white Jamaican monkey bearing the Jamaican flag. (There’s also a secret brown monkey hiding incognito in the back.)
And the finished Red Stripe cake ~ monkeys and all!
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Tagged beer bottle cake, beer cake, cake, fondant monkeys, monkeys, red stripe, red stripe beer, red stripe cake, sculpted cake, SweetElement