With all the upcoming shows, I have to increase my inventory of display cakes. Where I'll keep them all until the first show is a mystery yet to be solved... but at least the work is being accomplished!
The damask print on the middle tier was done using a stencil and royal icing. It's a tricky process when stenciling a dark color on white, but the result is well worth the frustration. I LOVE IT!
The pleated effect is accomplished by cutting 1" strips of fondant and overlapping them around the cake. I pre-covered the top of the cake so that my pleats would meet up with the edge. This way I didn't have to worry about setting the above tier on a bunch of pleats.
The roses were made of fondant. I don't know why it worked so well, usually I have to use gum paste but this time didn't feel like trying to achieve the same red color a 2nd time around. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. I will say that there was some Tylose added to the fondant which may have firmed it up enough to compensate.
This cake is a Romantic theme since a couple of the shows are right around Valentine's Day. After the Shows, I'll remove the hearts on the top and replace them with a monogram cake topper or something of the sort. The dummies will then be on display at Crystal Rose Catering.