Red Velvet & White Chocolate Gift Cake


This is my final post of 2012, which brings my total posts for the year to a nice round 60! So I am wrapping up the year in a sweet, little, edible box complete with a festive sugar bow.

As I've already shared this cake on my Facebook page and Instagram a couple weeks ago, I'll keep it short and hopefully sweet. 
Before the stencil was applied.
This was a gift... literally. Courtney, who is the colleague of a friend, requested it for her friend's 24th birthday. Courtney sampled the Chocolate Espresso Giraffe cake I made for my friend's birthday back in July and liked it enough to order this cake months later.


The cake is three layers of of red velvet, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and masked with white chocolate ganache. I covered it with a very thin layer of Choco-Pan white chocolate fondant, then scored a line around the cake to give the impression of a lid. Completed, the cake was a 6x6 cube.
 
I later added the starburst stencil design, which K thought was 'not such a good idea'. He waited until I added the design to proclaim he liked it better plain. Go figure, huh!

The YouTube video by Lesley from The Royal Bakery was helpful in making the bow.
Colouring gum paste red is a real pain and just plain messy - I know. So instead, I used red fondant mixed with a little tylose to make the bow and tails. The colour appeared a little flat after drying for a couple days, so I airbrushed them using Americolor Amerimist Tulip Red. I used plain fondant to make the bands of red ribbon on the cake, as they are located on parts of the cake that would be eaten.
 
I used gum paste for the tag and a mini heart cutter to create a cut-out in the tag to insert a red heart, so that it was visible on both sides of the tag. Instead of adding the note myself, I thought it would be more personal if Courtney did, so I included an edible marker with delivery. 
 
I was very pleased to receive this photo from Courtney after it had been cut by the birthday girl, with a note of complete satisfaction.
 
Courtney thank you for allowing me to play a small, sweet part in your friend's special day!


So this is it my friends, post nombre de soixante - 38 more than I did last year!! Thanks for hanging in with me. I appreciate your comments, emails, and interest in my blog. A very special thanks to those of you who are subscribers to my blog - I would love to hear from more of you in the new year. 

I hope that you all had a wonderful christmas and wish you the very best for 2013. 


 

18 comments:

  1. Yay...to a wonderful year! After all, it's the year we 'met' and 'got to know' each other ;) I am very glad knowing you as a special online friend and am always excited to read your next post!
    May the next year be even better yet!
    (PS. after reading yours, I just had to check my post count. With my final 2012 post it will be exactly 60 as well :D)

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  2. Hi Jaquee ! This cake is beautiful! The bow is perfect! I love the tag!!! Happy New Year !

    Meriem.

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  3. Not only does it look beautiful but also sounds delicious.  Love the bow  & tag

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  4. I second that, Regina! It's been great getting to know you through your posts and on Instagram. How awesome is that - we are both at 60!! This calls for a virtual celebration!!

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  5. Thanks, Meriem! Hope you and the family are settled into your new city and home. Best wishes for the new year!

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  6. Thanks, Goreti! Best wishes for 2013.

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  7. Hi Jaquee,
    This is a beautiful beautiful cake! I tried leaving a comment before, but it did not publish. Love the stencilling

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  8. I hope all three comments I've tried leaving don't show up together :)
    This is BEAUTIFUL! Love the stencilling! Love the red and white combination!
    Have a wonderful New Year!

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  9. Thanks! Only one comment was received.So sorry to hear you have been having issues leaving comments. I checked all my settings and everything seems ok. If you have time to email me and tell me exactly what is happening, that would be extremely helpful. Best wishes for the New Year, Radhika!!

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  10. I think its my ipad that's at fault. Coming next week to Boston!!! Hope I can fing the Cocoa rouge.

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  11. Dear Jaquee, I have nominated your delicious blog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!Congratulations!Please pick up your badge and information on how to pass the torch and pay it forward at:
    http://sinsationscakes.wordpress.com/
    Happy New Year!
    Radhika

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  12. Dear Jaquee,I have nominated your delicious blog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!Congratulations!Please pick up your badge and information on how to pass the torch and pay it forward at:
    http://sinsationscakes.wordpress.com/
    Happy New Year!
    Radhika

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  13. Dear Jaquee,

    I have nominated your delicious blog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!Congratulations!Please pick up your badge and information on how to pass the torch and pay it forward at:
    http://sinsationscakes.wordpress.com/
    Happy New Year!
    Radhika

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  14. Re K's opinion on the starburst.  Men just don't like change as much as women!  Your bow is beautiful and the cake is perfectly box shaped and stunning.  I love this design for a birthday cake and you executed it perfectly.Best wishes Jacquee for a wonderul year, full of promise, inspiration and love.  All the best for I Sugar Coat It in 2013 too :)  

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  15. LOL! Thank you, Paula! Best wishes to you and Vanilla Bean Baker, as well!

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  16. I didn't see this until now... Everyone at the birthday party was amazed with this cake. It was the perfect gift. And I thought the stenciling was awesome! Jacquee is a pleasure to work with and her cakes are beautiful and delicious. Thanks Jacquee!

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  17. Thank you, kindly. Not sure why it has taken me two months to see your note...

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  18. Thanks for your sweet comment, Courtney! So pleased you you were happy with it.

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