This fall Genna reached out about Rowen’s birthday cake. I’ve made his cakes for several of his birthdays and they all start with a design idea from Rowen. This one was no different. Genna sent me several inspiration pictures and told me what she liked about each one.
I love working this way: we take aspects of each cake, keep budget in mind and try to have a bit of originality, though sometimes much of a design ends up being copied.
Here are the inspiration pictures from this year!
The parts that Genna liked include: the soft snow style frosting from the top left, the trees of the top right, the skier and slope from the lower left and the way the skis were positioned in the lower right. Well, some of that is a mix of what I like and what she liked. She also preferred not to have the entire cake covered in fondant.
Selecting a flavor
Rowen loves chocolate mint and mocha so he chose a mocha cake with mint cookies and cream filling. We topped it with a lightly minted, vanilla buttercream since it was a ski cake after all!
I planned to take a whole lot of pictures as I worked, but ultimately invited my daughter (my #1 employee) to help me make the skier and we chatted as we worked. I did get one photo of the ski jump and cake in progress.
Step by step
- Bake your cake in the flavor of your choice.
- Make your frostings and fillings needed for the cake.
- Fill and crumb coat the cake.
- Use the levels from the top of the cakes to form a mount of cake to serve as the ski jump.
- Then use gum paste and/or fondant to make your skier. For Rowen’s skier, we used a mix of fondant (for the person) and gum paste (for the ski poles and skis). Allow to harden.
- When the cake is completely frosted, add your skier to the cake.
The finished skier cake
Genna was kind enough to share a picture of Rowen’s ski cake with me once she had it all set up with the candle to celebrate. You can see how I took the trees from the top left inspiration cake, the frosting style of the top right and the skier from the lower left. Lastly there was the ski placement from the bottom right.