This cake. *sigh* This was one of those “be prepared to alter your vision or you will not survive” cakes.
I started off making the candles. That went surprisingly well. I used rice krispie treats, buttercream, modelling chocolate, and some thin birthday candles to get the job done. (See the mini picture tutorial below to for the construction details.)
I made the “silver platter” out of pastillage for added firmness, and the little sparkly balls out of candy wafers and disco dust. All went as planned.
And then disaster struck. (Gosh, so dramatic!)
You will laugh. You will think me an imbecile. It is not pretty. But what am I if not honest… so I’m going to tell you, anyway. (And remember, I never CLAIMED to be the brightest bulb in the pack.)
So, I thought it would be a GREAT idea to add silver leaf to the bottom tier!! For the first time! Without having researched it at all! Like an idiot.
I went and ordered some up… not realizing that you NEED (and please, TRUST me when I emphasize the word “NEED” here) to order the silver leaf that is on TRANSFER SHEETS. NOT THE LOOSE SHEETS. (Ahem, lesson learned.) Before my order arrived, and I had an epiphany of how MAYBE I oughtta actually look up how to apply this stuff, it came to my attention that I ordered the wrong kind.
So, when my LOOSE sheets of silver leaf arrived, and I so nonchalantly decided I would try to apply it anyway… well, let’s just say, the sweat started to roll down just about EVERY area of my body. It was NOT going well, and it was soon clear that I needed to ABORT MISSION.
Here’s the fun part (and the part that maybe, kinda, SORTA redeems me… a little)… as I so desperately tried to rub off the silver leaf with some water and a paintbrush, I noticed something.
HOLD THE PHONE!! I think I actually kind of LIKE the rubbed silver leaf look!! I stared at it for… a REALLY long time, looking at it this way and that, and couldn’t get past the fact that it had a pretty darn fantastic “antiqued, vintage” look to it. So I took a chance. I applied all the rest of the silver leaf I had, rubbed over it with water and that trusty old paintbrush, stood back, took a deep breath and opened my eyes.
I was in love. My stupidity led to something, dare I say, BETTER for look of this particular cake? I think it may have. See, my favorite saying IS true… even a BLIND squirrel finds a nut every once in a while!
And THIS blind squirrel now has a free video tutorial up for you on how to achieve my new mistake. How ’bout THEM nuts. 😉
Here’s the antique silver leaf tutorial!
How to make edible candles, on Cakeheads.com!
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