Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 2:30PM

My dear friend Kristy's beautiful little girl, Rylee, turned 1 this past month... her cake was designed with her "Hugs & Stitches" birthday theme in mind... 

This is a 6" Round /8" Petal/10" Round cake.  The Top & Bottom Tier (three-layer) are Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream, while the Center Tier (two-layer) and Smash cake (one-layer, petal) are Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream.  

Without reinventing the wheel, I purchased Rylee's party plates, cut them apart and used the pieces as templates.  All the Fondant/Gum Paste accents were then hand cut, molded and/or painted with gel food color/vodka.  I used a canvas fabric to imprint the cut-outs with texture to mimic the "Stitches" part of the decor.  I used my Gum Paste Extruder for the lettering, dusting the dried pieces with Pearl Dust for a bit of shimmer. Royal Icing was used for all of the stitch marks and "flight paths".

The rolled ball border has apparently become my default-go-to border when inspiration eludes me.  It worked in this case, though.  In making the border slightly darker than the tier itself, it paid homage to the darker  polka dots on the plates and napkins.  I'd tell you that I planned that way in advance, but I didn't... it came to me in the 11th hour, but don't all good things do so?  Just say yes, it'll make me feel better.  

Here are a few more detail shots for you to enjoy:  



I am looking forward to many more birthday cakes for this very special little girl!  

Happy 1st Birthday, Rylee!

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