Sunday, April 1, 2012

Aubrey's "Olivia the Pig" birthday

It's Aubrey's 4th birthday!  Olivia was the birthday girl's party theme, and I was thrilled because I love the simple and iconic design of the Olivia books, and have always wanted to design a cake around her.  Mom (Lisa) and I decided on a two-tier stacked centerpiece cake with two dozen cupcakes to surround it on the cake table. Lisa gave me the theme and let me have fun with the design, which is always super fun. The cake was two tiers of chocolate cake filled with red Swiss Meringue buttercream. Marshmallow fondant draped the cake and was used for accents.  Gum paste was used for the lettering and bows.
Of all Olivia's outfits, this one is my favorite so it was an easy decision to design her this way for the top of the cake. :) I used gumpaste to sculpt her. She was about 4" tall sitting down. 
Twelve of the cupcakes were chocolate with a teal blue buttercream swirl and red and white polka dotted wrappers.  I also wanted to mark Aubrey's 4th birthday with number "4" disks, which turned out really cute.
 The remaining twelve cupcakes were strawberry, with a white vanilla swirl on top decorated with red and black edible pearls.  The wrappers were black and white polka dotted. SO Olivia, right?
Special thanks to Aubrey's mom, Lisa and dad, Nate for asking me to make these fun cakes!


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