Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Secretary's Day!

Yes, yes, I know many people are calling this Administrative Assistant's Day.  But see, I got admonished once for that, by a secretary at a prior firm.  Her take on it was that "legal secretary" is a perfectly good and respectable title, and she'd earned it.  I tend to agree, and don't particularly see the title "secretary" as anything negative.  As a lawyer, I know I could never practice nearly as well, efficiently, or effectively without a good secretary.

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!

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10 comments:

75gs said...

I think it's beautiful! I'm a fellow facepainting friend on facebook, and that is something I would love to try too - cake decorating!

Melinda said...

Good grief, it's unfair to the rest of the world that you've somehow managed to get so much of the creativeness alloted to the planet! It looks awesome and I am just so impressed. They are going to LOVE it, but be careful, I bet they start saying....Larissa, I have this party coming up and the theme is...., could you make a cake!

Larissa said...

Thanks, guys! They did love it; everyone was terribly impressed... and then it got completely devoured. Success!

Amy W said...

Wow, you made all those flowers & leaves by hand??? I'm suddenly very hungry for chocolate cake...

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

So pretty - those little flowers are a lot of work! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Screaming Sardine said...

Wowzers, that is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I was talented enough to decorate cakes like this, although I'd never want to eat them. I'd just want to admire them - lol!

Thanks for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow link party!

Cheers,
Tracy

Christine - Tutorial Addict lol said...

Looks GREAT! I bet they'll love it!

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Wow,
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Jerri said...

Love the cake! (And I have to say that I'm fine with calling it Secretary's Day too!)

Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm going to feature you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one.

Marie Anne said...

It's beautiful! You've got me beat by a mile. I still can't frost a cake and not get crumbs everywhere.

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