Presented on August 5th, 2011. This is my favorite! The most challenging thing about this cake was well the grapes. If I had taken the time I needed to, to make these grapes I’m sure they would have come out much better. But I really didn’t do my research on how to do it and would change this next time around.
The bottle was fairly easy for me. Made of gum paste with a photo printed from my local Nob Hill store’s edible ink printer . The bottle was airbrushed and then coated with corn syrup and alcohol to give it a glass affect. Came out stunningly beautiful. Only criticism I have on that is I don’t like the write border showing around the image.
The sides are made with fondant and I did a wood grain with some tools. I stamped “The Lake House” on the sides (Thanks John for helping the aligning of this – we had fun doing it). The filler around the bottle happens to be fondant. Well we tried pushing it through a pasta machine and for the most part it worked but it was a challenge. Even Nonna was in on that challenge.
The cake had five layers and multiple fillings. There was far more cake then was eaten….. That is something I will have to learn to tackle….. making a cake for number of plates. But overall it was a hit, my husband loved it and it was a weekend of cherished memories!