5 Royal-Worthy Anniversary Cakes We Dream of Making (and Eating)
On the third anniversary of the wedding that made us believe we could all be princesses, we’d like to send our best to Will and Kate — and little George, who’s now just over nine months old. (Now if someone could send us one of these royalty-worthy celebration cakes, that would be, as the Brits say, brilliant.)
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Ruffle Tower Cake
This cake is covered with frilly rows of frosting that can be tinted any shade you wish. Three tender lemon layers make the cake tall enough to show off the ribbon-candy effect of the frosting and ensure there is plenty for everyone.
1. Trim bottom layers; stack on cake round, with 3/4 cup buttercream spread over top of each. Add top layer; spread 1 cup buttercream over entire cake. Refrigerate 40 minutes until firm. Tint half remaining buttercream pink.
2. Place cake on rotating stand. Lay flat a 12-inch pastry bag with #103 tip. Fill half of bag from tip to top with pink buttercream, other half with white. Hold bag vertically, slot of tip perpendicular to cake; use swift back-and-forth motion 1 inch wide to make ruffle, pulling tip up side.
3. Turn cake stand slowly, piping circular ruffle over top.
Royal-Icing Monogram Cake
Letters found in vintage books or print shops can inspire beautiful cakes. This royal-icing monogram is surrounded by a rolled-fondant flower garland on the background color of your choice.
Monogram Design Transfer How-To
Letters found in vintage books or print shops can inspire beautiful cakes. If you find a monogram that you would like to use as a cake decoration, you can take the following steps to transfer the design from paper to a rolled fondant-covered tier. In addition to your design, you will need a photocopy machine, a ruler, clean straight pins, and a rolled fondant-covered cake tier.
1. Reduce or enlarge the design on a photocopy machine until it fills the area of the tier you’d like to decorate.
2. Using straight pins, secure the photocopied design to the fondant-covered cake tier in areas where the pinholes will not be noticed. Using another straight pin, prick holes through the design’s outlines into the fondant, keeping the holes about 1/4 inch apart. On our blue “L” cake, we transferred only the main contours of the letter and the surrounding leaves and vines.