A Cake Inspired by the Color of the Year and a Hydrangea Tutorial

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Hi everyone! Hope you are having a lovely week! 

Today I want to share with you a cake inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year Rose Quartz and Serenity. I loved the rose and blue tones. When I saw them, I immediately thought in frosting a cake with a color swirl effect. I made pastel pink sugar ranunculus and blue sugar hydrangeas to embellish it and the result was lovely. This cake could be perfect for a Gender Reveal Party!

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The cake consist of a delicate vanilla chiffon recipe from Peggy Porschen's stunning book 'Love Layer Cakes’, filled with guava paste and guava Swiss buttercream. If you prefer, you can make a sponge cake instead, like this one. I guarantee that the flavor will be delicious as well. The guava filing is very easy to make. Cut the guava paste into squares and simmer them with a little of water until liquid consistency. Then, let it cool until room temperature. When it gets a jelly consistency, it will be ready to be used for filing the cake and mixing with the buttercream.

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And here there is a hydrangea tutorial that I prepared for you! Hope you enjoied it!

 

Hidrangea Tutorial

 

To make the hydrangea you will need: 

28- and 30-gauge wires (Japanese Sunrise)

White floral tape

Flat brush

African violet and ice blue petal dusts

White gumpaste

Hydrangea Petal Cutter (Tinkertech Two 764)

Hydrangea Petal Veiner (Squires Kitchen)

 

To make the petals (Bracts) roll out some well-kneaded white gumpaste leaving a thick ridge on the center. This will help to insert the wire. If you prefer you can use a non-stick board with grooves to make the thick center.

Cut out the petal using a hydrangea petal cutter.

Insert a 28-gauge wire into the thick ridge about a third to half the length.

Place the petal in the double sided hydrangea petal veiner and press firmly to texture it. Let it dry. Repeat to make the desired number of petals. I used 4 bracts to make each flower, but they can occur in sets of three or five.

To dust the flowers I used African violet color from CK Products and ice blue color from Squires Kitchen to get a ton similar with the Serenity Pantone color.

To make the little centers roll out small balls of white gumpaste and incert a hooked 33-gauge wire into each. Pinch the base of the ball to secure it. Let them dry overnight.

To assembly the bracts starting taping them around a single little center using white floral tape.