Last week was crazy and hectic. Well at least the weekend was. It started with my in-laws moving into a new apartment and ended with a Surprise 10th Anniversary party. In between that, there was more love involving this Peony Cake!
I made a Sweet Bridal Peony Cake for a young lady that is about to tie the knot! The couple is young and sweet. Kinda reminds me of my hubster and I. We were young when we married, in our early twenty’s. We are now in our forty’s…yikes I should’ve kept that to myself!
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So, back to this cake I made. It was something small…ish. Kept it as close as possible to what the Bride-to-Be wanted, which is what we bakers/cakers should really be doing anyway, right. Let me tell how I made it, you know, the process.
Flower(s) were wanted on top of the cake and that made me a little nervous, as I don’t have much experience with making them. Naturally, I went to YouTube for help. Why? Because they are full of wonderfulness and I knew I would find something to help me overcome the uneasiness I was feeling.
Now, the tutorial I followed has been deleted but there are several great ones you can refer to for this. This one here is also really simple and helpful but feel free to use whichever one you feel good with. The color possibilities are almost endless so go with the palette you want or need.
The width of the finished Peony was going to be too big for the top tier so I removed some of the petals and ended up with this size, which fit perfectly. On a side note, I recommend getting a head start on cake decorations. This order was booked about 2-3 months in advance which gave me plenty of time to order supplies and get this Peony put together.
Cake flavors chosen were traditional Chocolate and Vanilla. It was two tiers with the top being a 6″ and the bottom was an 8″. What I did was make each tier with a layer of each flavor. Bottom layer was chocolate and top was vanilla. The Vanilla Cake recipe can be found here and the Chocolate Cake, I just posted earlier this week but because I love you guys, I’ll give you the link to it here.
The Buttercream recipe I use is this one here. This crusting buttercream is my preferred choice. Why? Because it stands up to the pressure of living in an area that is known to get into the triple digits during the summertime. Which here in deep South Texas is about 9 months of the year, lol.
After tinting the buttercream pink, I used a piping bag fitted with a Wilton tip #21 to pipe the rosettes on the bottom tier. Then I went back to fill in the spaces with a tip #16. The top tier was a white base buttercream with pink polka dots. For the polka dots, I used the same pink buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a Wilton tip #10.
Since it is a crusting buttercream, I let the dot’s set for a minute or two before going back and gently pressing the tips in to flatten the dots. Here is an aerial view of the Sweet Bridal Shower Peony Cake.
From what I heard, the cake was a hit and even the Peony was devoured. Yeah, it surprised me too but it was edible. The ladies informed me it was really good too! I also made Cake Batter Macarons for this Bridal Shower but that is a post for another day.