dani’s cake portfolio



Filed under: wedding — dani @ 12:00 pm

This Craftsman style cake was made for Sam & Crystal’s wedding on July 31, 2010.

Design Both being architects, Sam and Crystal decided on an Arts & Crafts / Craftsman style themed wedding.  This American style of architecture is actually derived from Japanese architecture.  We used the famous Gamble House in Pasadena as our design  guide.  Blake and I even did some research and went to the Gamble House in person to see it first hand.  Absolutely stunning place that I would recommend to everyone.  You can defininitely see the Japanese influence in the architecture and interior design which we tried to replicate in our own way on this cake.

Cake Super soft and tender matcha green tea cake.  I tried and tweaked 6 different recipes to find just the right flavor and texture appropriate for a wedding cake.

Filling Ginger Italian meringue buttercream made with homemade ginger syrup, ground ginger and finely shopped crystalized ginger.  This was a custom created flavor to compliment the green tea.

Frosting Same as the filling, but without the crystalized ginger and  covered in chocolate fondant.

Decoration The “wood” on this cake was made by mixing dark chocolate fondant with white fondant to make 3-4 different shades of brown.  The different shades of brown were then marbled together to create the wood grain effect which was further enhanced by embossing the fondant with a wood grain silicone rolling stamp.  The “stained glass” effect was created by free-hand piping the “lead” design using black royal icing and then filling in with colored piping gel.  The overall effect is quite authentically Craftsman style, if I do say so myself.

Thanks I have MANY people to thank for their help on this cake.  My sister, Denise, came up all the way from Santa Barbara and was a HUGE help.  She piped the stained glass filling as well as made the ginger syrup, helped bake, mix fondant, did tons of dishes and fed us lunch and dinner for 2 days with the home-made lasagna that she brought up with her.  Blake came all the way from Portugal and was a tremendous help as well.  He is the resident fondant roller-outer, but also helped a lot with the wood detailing and other odds and ends.  My friend Steve created the formwork for the lantern topper using various thicknesses of styrofoam and concave wood trim.  We also had several friends drop in during the day to say hi and give us a hand including my friend, Mari, and Steve’s wife, Christina.  I definitely couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help.  THANK YOU ALL!!