White is both an easy and difficult color (and I don't think it is considered a color in some circles) to work with. It is a blank canvas that lends itself to all the colors of the spectrum but care must be taken if it is used dominantly in a design as the slightest smudge can ruin its pristine impact.
Anyway, I thought I’d come up with a sample of a “cutting cake” to use for a cupcake wedding cake. As the name implies, this cake is for the bride and groom to cut when the rest of the wedding cake is made of cupcakes. Cake dummies (cylinders made of Styrofoam) come in handy for proof of concept work because they almost last forever until you get tired of them. I am no decorator of cakes and I state that up front when I meet with brides and their wedding planner (usually mom or sister). My base cake is 8-inch or smaller. I use fondant exclusively since I hate “spatulating” – a term I first heard from Lisa’s wedding – besides I find it more therapeutic etching floral designs with beads of pearlized sugar than wielding a piping bag. Over the past several weeks I have amassed a variety of sugar paste cutters – and the desire to get just one last cutter shows no sign of abating.
I’ve been infatuated with Dogwood blossoms ever since I moved to Virginia – the state's flower. Their markings are gorgeous and their grand display each spring is always a sight to behold. I first came to know about the dogwood while watching The American President. In this movie, the President, Andrew Sheppard (played by Michael Douglas) wanted to gift Sydney Allen Wade (played by Annette Benning) with some flowers. Instead of roses, he wanted to give Ms. Wade a bouquet of the state flower of Virginia. What followed was a hilarious exchange between the president’s staff about whether the dogwood was a tree or a flower and it ended with the florist hanging up on the president thinking it was a prank call. Unable to get her flowers, he got Sydney a Virginia Ham!He did manage to get her a bouquet at the end from his own rose garden.
Anyway, back to the dogwood…I am still playing with this fondant cutter and thought to showcase its details with white fondant as a background to get that bridal look. Of course, I should have baked the cupcakes in a silver liner instead of brown but my foresight has been lacking these days. I do admit that fondant does not taste as good as buttercream (though there is a thin layer underneath) but depending on the look you want, it is really a matter of choice.
* the blossom above is a generic floral cutter