Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…
You know, the one that Maria (Julie Andrews) sings to the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music when they’re frightened by the storm? Yep. That one.
I just love that song, and that movie, as a matter of fact, so I was really inspired for this cake.
I wanted a frosty, wintry blue and white theme, so I only included things that could be made in those colors…no bright copper kettles or brown paper packages tied up with strings. And especially no schnitzel with noodles.
Instead, I stuck with the raindrops on roses, warm, woolen mittens, and snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…plus, the whole effect is very much like a silver white winter. I even made the “girls in white dresses”…sort of, but they didn’t quite make the cut.
Before I get into the details of this cake, like how to make an ombre cake with buttercream frosting and a tutorial for tiny fondant mittens, I bet you guys wanna know who won the giveaway, huh?
I don’t blame you, that’s a lot of swag on the line.
The winner is….
CONGRATULATIONS, RobynR!!! I love that you included a whole bunch of your favorites, not just your beauty and kitchen faves. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m pretty sure you know how I feel about Firefly, and I’m also totally addicted to Grimm, along with Once Upon a Time. What can I say? I like fairy tales.
Thank you so much for your sweet words. I’m so happy that you enjoy my blog and I hope that I continue to inspire you to visit. I will contact you soon for your shipping address.
And I must find this OPI Muppet collection!! Along with about a billion other things that you guys listed as favorites that I’m now desperate to try.
You had a very diverse selection of faves in your comments, but I’d have to say that in beauty, the majority seem to favor their lip balm. I’m so totally with you there, but I also love my mascara. When we were delayed overnight on our move to the Virgin Islands, I wasn’t as upset about the lack of clean clothes and PJs as I was about the lack of mascara. The hubster is so sweet that he walked me to a CVS pharmacy just to buy me some mascara. And all was right with the world.
The KitchenAid mixer is the overwhelming winner of kitchen faves. I have so many favorite little tools and gadgets in the kitchen, but I also absolutely adore my KitchenAid stand mixer(s). I’m hoping to have them custom painted when we are reassigned to the states…if I can ever narrow down a design plan for them.
Thank you to everyone who commented…I have to go shopping for makeup and skin care products now…
I’ll tell you about the cake first.
Creating the ombre effect on the side is so much easier than it seems. Just mix up the varying shades of the color you want to use on your cake, fading from the deepest shade to white. For me, that meant making four shades of blue.
Starting at the bottom, pipe a thick one-inch border of the deepest shade. Next, pipe a border of the second shade, and so on, until you have at least one line of each shade around the cake. Top the cake off with at least one row of white frosting at the top.
Next, use a small offset spatula to smooth the frosting lines down and together. Don’t swipe and spread the frosting as usual. Just gently runt he spatula edge around the cake, smoothing the edges, allowing the colors to blend together as you go.
For the roses on the cake, I did small, traditional buttercream roses, and added “raindrops” using edible glitter in silver. For the little mittens, though, I chose to use marshmallow fondant.
I started out with a small ball of plain, white fondant and shaped it into a sort of egg shape. I flattened the bottom part a bit to look like the part of the mitten where the wrist is. Next, I used a paring knife to cut the thumb into the mitten, and gently rounded and shaped it with my fingers. Finally, I used a small flower petal fondant cutter to add texture to the mitten, making it look woolen. You can use any tool to achieve this, like a frosting tip, or even a fork.
The final element of the cake is the glittery snowflakes on top. I simply cut these out of rolled fondant with a cookie cutter. Next I used a little almond extract and edible glitter to make them shine. By letting these sit for two days, in a cool, dry place, they set up and dried out so that they held their shapes when I stood them up on the cake. If you live somewhere particularly warm, or humid, this technique will not work, and I recommend using gum paste instead.
I even made some white dresses with blue satin sashes for this cake, but they didn’t have anywhere to sit. I ended up liking the snowflakes on top so much that they hogged all the room. But I think my little dresses turned out adorable nonetheless.
I had a lot of fun using my imagination to create a cake that was inspired by a song. I know I’m not throwing out a tasty new recipe today, or an involved tutorial, but I wanted you to see how anything can inspire fun treats. And you don’t have to include every single element of something in order to create the desired images. Just a few of the things from “My Favorite Things” made this cake come to life for me, and I was singing along with Julie Andrews in my head this entire week.