This two-tier birthday cake is especially created for Alison, who just celebrated her first birthday last week. Two basic sponge cakes, 6" and 8", where I sliced and filled the layers with dairy whipped cream, home-made berries compote and fresh berries.
Making the cake begins with a sketch of the draft cake design:
The lower-tier cake was decorated in three shades of pink - dark pink, pink and light pink (2 rows of petal design for each shade). Even though I tested the colours before piping, I realised that the darker shade of pink did not turn out as well as I expected it to be (the bottom two rows). They could have been darker for a better pink ombre effect.
For 2 tier stacked cakes, I always add "support pillars" by inserting a few thick straws (bubble tea straws) into the lower-tier cake and placing a small cake board between the 2 cakes (see here). This will protect the lower-tier cake from being "flattened" by the top tier.
Did you notice the pink disc at the top? The main purpose of this disc is to prevent the toy from sinking into the cream. I found the easiest way to do it - not fondant or chocolate, but simply a piece of light-weight wafer biscuit (a childhood snack!). It works perfectly on the cake, and the splash of bright pink goes very well with the overall decoration too ^_^
Happy 1st Birthday to you, Alison!
I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #40: Rainbow and Ombre Party! (March 2014), hosted by Cynthia of The Baking Biatch.