So one day my friend Stefanie called me up and asked if I could make an Eiffel Tower Cake… Ofcourse I said, SURE!!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE all things Parisian! :)
And then she sent a picture of what she wanted. Ummm… She wanted a 3D EIFFEL TOWER!!! Like, a miniature eiffel tower… not a cute cake with a flat eiffel tower on the front or maybe an Eiffel Tower topper.. no no no.. She wanted the REAL DEAL! :o Thinking back on this, I'm not even sure why I was surprised. Anyone who knows Stefanie knows that she is a GO BIG OR GO HOME kinda lady!
I should mention that I had made my first ever cake ONE YEAR before this request came into my life. Needless to say, I was nervous but I took the challenge anyway!
Well… that cake served its purpose! I had lots of learnings. One of which was, DO NOT EVER underestimate the time it takes to build an Eiffel Tower cake! I was so naive to think it would only take me one day to get this thing decorated.. OH BOY! What a mistake!! It took me 35 hours JUST to decorate it. Forget about baking.
So here she is all done… Ofcourse I can now see soo many flaws but at the time, I was over the moon that I pulled this off. :) :)
But before I got to that… There were MANY other steps...
Just want to mention that my clay extruder broke about a quarter of the way through making these x's and I had to roll out and hand cut EACH ONE! Yup, you read that correctly! But lets move along.. there's more… :)
I skipped a little, but I basically just stacked and dirty iced the cakes then covered in fondant. Now a days I would definitely work this a lot more but ignorance is bliss right?! LOL I thought this was amazing at the time. :)
Here's the end result including Ombre Mini Cakes.
All in all, this was an amazing learning experience and Stefanie ended up loving it. :) That alone makes me happy. I hope this blog post can help someone out there whether its deciding to take a huge challenge (I say DO IT DO IT!!!) or whether it helps figure out that yes, you can use foam for some parts of a cake. ;)
Happy Caking Everyone!!!
P.S. Please excuse all the bad pictures.. I didn't know at the time that I would be writing a blog post about this cake. Not to mention the ignorance is bliss thing again… :) I just didn't know how to take good pictures but thanks to Shawna over at McGreevy Cakes and her great blog post about pictures, my pictures are now a million times better… Go check her blog out! You won't be disappointed! She is an amazing talent and she's pretty funny & entertaining too. ;)