birthday cakes cincinnati - fishing boat sculpted cake
We are always up to the challenge and love to please our clients with all sort of creative ideas. This time we were asked to create a replica of our client's fishing boat to celebrate his 60th birthday!
To add to the challenge, this cake had to be designed to travel because our client planned to transport it out of state!
We started by decorating a double masonite board with textured chocolate to simulate water and some cute fish that were wet painted with luster dusts. Our original idea was to layer melted isomalt to the hardened chocolate to create a cool water effect, but were worried about the weight that this would add and its reaction to humidity and temperature changes!. After some serious consideration, I decided to replace the melted sugar by a thin layer of confectioners glaze that would provide shine without the weight!
The majority of the times, we ice our cakes with a rich layer of buttercream prior to ice them with our custom made rolled chocolate, but this time, we ganached our cake!
The beauty of ganache is that it sets quickly and provide lots of strength to the icing...and is SO delicious!
Covering the cake with rolled chocolate was very straightforward; on the other hand, all the trimming and decorations seemed to take foreveeeeeeeeeeeer!!!
Since this was our first boat, I had to create a couple to templates to use as reference for some basic pieces. This is such an important step. This may seem like extra work and steps, but It's the only way to guarantee good proportions and scale!
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to make another special cake for our client and are honored to have had a small piece on this special day:)
Since opening in 2010 in Cincinnati, Venezuelan born Ileana Saldivia’s studio, Sugar Realm has become a preeminent wedding and celebration cake design boutique. In 2018, due to her husband's job, Ileana and her family relocated to Philadelphia, and so did her Sugar Kingdom. Sugar Realm’s cakes and confections are known for their sophisticated flavors, unique designs, artistic sugar flowers, innovative techniques, and architectural compositions. The studio’s wedding cakes are regularly featured in leading bridal, lifestyle, and cake decorating magazines. In the December 2015 issue of “Cincinnati Magazine,” Sugar Realm was named “Best of the City” and featured on the cover. Saldivia’s blog “Life in a Sugar Kingdom” is regularly visited by hundreds of cake enthusiasts and professionals.
Our online cake decorating class "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes", covers ileana's favorite cake decorating techniques, as well as the recipe of her signature Rolled Chocolate and her favorite tools and resources.