One of my best friends asked me to make a cake to auction at the recent Holy Cross trivia night which was a fund raiser for the school. I was happy to help our church and school family, but I didn't put a lot of planning into a cake design. So there I sat the day before the event trying to figure out what amazing creation I was going to come up with from my simple round cake and oversized cake board. I knew the cake board was too big for the cake, but with three little ones in tow I did not feel like running out to a craft store or making a new cake board.
Mother's Day was the day following the event so I decided on pale pink and green thinking the cake would be a nice purchase for a Mother's Day treat. I looked online for some inspiration and fell in love with the idea of a watercolor cake.
I frosted the cake with a crumb coat of white frosting then colored icing in pink, pale pink, and green.
I put the colored frosting along with some white frosting in decorating bags to pipe onto the cake.
I piped the icing onto the cake similar to the water lilies cake that inspired me, only without realizing it I made a pink and green striped effect. I forgot to mix up the colors and striped the colors all around with areas of white in between the colored areas which simply lightened the overall color.
I used a dough blade to smooth and blend the icing on the sides of the cake. I wanted the color to be delicate so lightening was good, but I was hoping for a more mottled effect. Lesson learned. I then decided that the striped round cake reminded me of a hat on it's oversized cake board.
So I frosted the top with pale pink frosting to blend easily with the sides. Then I sprinkled some white shimmer dust for cake decorating on the top of the cake to give it a delicate sparkle followed with some pale pink edible pearls.
I was happy with the finished cake, but thought it was missing something.
My husband stepped in and added a beautiful floral arrangement to the cake. (It helps to have a husband who teaches floral design.)
I love the design with fresh flowers, but you could use a big bow instead. So now you know how I stumbled upon making a watercolor hat cake.
I used the icing and cake recipes from this tiered cake post.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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