My firm doesn't have good secretaries, though. It's got awesome secretaries.
So since this is my first Secretary's Day with this firm, I decided to go personal and general at the same time. I'm giving each staff member a different floral card I myself made from photographs I took. The tough thing about them is that they're blank inside, and I'm not so great at writing out cards like that. Shocking, considering how verbose I am, huh?
For the gift? I baked a cake! Chocolate fudge cake with homemade vanilla buttercream.
I had to ice the cake and then fridge it so I could smooth it down before using... betcha guessed it... fondant! My very first real fondant cake!
To decorate it, I made tiny flowers and leaves. Each flower has a center of a single sugar pearl, and the large ones I brushed with silver pearl dust. Each one is a little different, as they're hand curled, both flowers and leaves. And I used color powders to tint the white vanilla fondant into pink, purple, and yellow flowers, and green leaves.
Since I did a square cake and really liked the idea of a gift box, I also made a yellow and green marbled bow.
Then it was time to smooth the buttercream and cover the cake. I decided to leave the base fondant white.
Once it was covered in fondant, I added green pearl dust swirls and a green and yellow marbled (and textured) ribbon.
Then the bow, which looked pretty nifty once on the cake, if I do say so myself.
And then all those flowers and leaves I made? The majority of them ended up on the cake. I might've missed the mark with regard to the "less is more" school of thought, but considering the fact that this is my very first real fondant cake, I think I did a pretty good job.
Can't wait to bring it in tomorrow!