For my last big cake commitment, I made a two-tiered cake, a large caramel cake plus a dozen red velvet cupcakes for an 18th birthday party. As you will see, I went all out on the buttercream roses! I really like the old-fashioned look they project even though gumpaste flowers may look more life-like.
In this past year, I think I made more caramel cakes than ever before. Since I started selling cakes, my most sought-after product was the ube macapuno, but now, people have shifted to the caramel cake. I believe this cake suits the Filipino taste best because it's not overly sweet. More than that though, there is just something so endearing about the buttercream roses, don't you agree? Oh and let's not forget those lace-like squiggles too - no matter how messy they seem to appear while piping them, they still end up complementing the whole traditional vibe.
I really loved making this two-tiered cake although at first, I was afraid it was going to be a complete disaster. While positioning the roses and piping the leaves, I kept on hitting the soft buttercream. This is the downside of using a non-crusting buttercream like SMBC. You can't smooth it out just like that! If you look close enough, you will notice the uneven cake comb marks on the bottom tier. I accidentally touched it and couldn't fix it properly because the ribbon and the roses were already in place :(
I piped all the buttercream roses the night before I assembled this cake and put them in the freezer. It was a breeze to just position them all later.
I didn't totally go all-buttercream and it would have been really neat if I did. The #18 topper and the cutout letters for the celebrant's name were made from gumpaste. I also moulded gumpaste roses and cut out leaves for the cupcakes. It just saves time to be able to do all these in advance.
So there you go. That is my way of ending my caking year with a bang. I still have a few more cakes to do before Christmas though nothing extraordinary. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, our Christmas cake will be something new.