My friend Casey is getting married, on the beach, in less than two months! To celebrate her upcoming nuptials, I created a 3-tier, vanilla and chocolate buttercream, beach cake for her wedding shower, as any cake-loving friend would do. Casey loves all things teal, which coordinates perfectly with her beach-themed wedding. I knew if I started with teal water, I couldn’t go wrong. Once I finished the teal water, however, it was time to get creative!
Despite all my kitchen gadgets, my collection of sea-themed cookie cutters is well…. non-existent, as is my experience sculpting fondant! I dumped my collection of random cookie cutters on the table and got down to business. I used the edges of various cookie cutters to piece together under-the-sea life. It’s about time that kit I bought to learn how to create gum paste flowers got some use!
The chocolate buttercream filling, adapted from the Magnolia Bakery recipe, is truly amazing and will make any cake taste fantastic!
Confession of a *wannabe* foodie: Strategically placed fish are a great way to mask any imperfections that you may or may-not have in your fondant!
(adapted from the Magnolia Bakery recipe)
1 ½ cups unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 Tablespoons milk
10 ounces dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups powdered sugar (more or less depending on desired consistency)
Melt chocolate in the microwave, stirring rigorously every 30 seconds (will take about 90 seconds).
Let the chocolate cool, for about 5 minutes, until warm to the touch.
Add the butter to a large mixing bowl and beat, on medium speed, for about 3 minutes.
Add the milk and continue to beat until well incorporated.
Once the milk is fully incorporated into the butter, gradually add the melted chocolate in a slow and steady stream. Continue to beat the mixture for a full 2 minutes.
Then, add the vanilla and continue to beat for an additional 3 minutes.
Once the wet ingredients are light and fluffy, reduce the speed of the mixer and gradually add the powdered sugar until the buttercream reaches your desired consistency.