Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I know, I know; it’s not exactly a “typical” St. Patrick’s Day Cake. Allow me to explain.

I’ve been taking the Wilton Flowers and Cake Design class. I’m a big fan of their classes, they’ve turned out to be very helpful for me. On day 1, we learned how to make pansies and button flowers out of gumpaste. Being an overachiever (ok, fine: recently laid off with nothing better to do) I decided to practice on some of the flowers this week. I ended up practicing by making 12 button flowers.

Since we were nearing St. Patrick’s Day and I didn’t really have time to make two separate cakes, I decided to make the button flowers green and design a cake around those colors. These button flowers are super simple to make thanks to the Wilton Button Flower Fondant Cut & Press Set. The only downside is that multiple flowers take some time to create, since they need to dry in the flower forming cups (unless you have lots of forming cups).  But…they are simple to make and very adorable. They would be perfect for a baby or bridal shower!

To bring in more of the St. Patrick’s Day theme, I decided to make a Guinness cake. I used Nigella’s Chocolate Guinness Cake recipe. I’ve made numerous Guinness chocolate cakes before and this recipe was even moister (is that a word?) than the other recipes I’ve tried in the past. If you haven’t made/tasted a Guinness chocolate cake before, you must. The smell of the Guinness and melted butter alone is worth it. Or maybe that’s just the 8 months of no beer and no wine talking.

Since I wanted to make some sort of decoration with the frosting, I opted for buttercream instead of the cream cheese frosting. Initially, I was hoping to cover the cake in white and decorate it with leaves and stems. However, once I got the crumb coat on the cake I realized I didn’t have enough buttercream to cover the dark cake and have it be smooth. So, I opted for a ruffled look a la Martha Stewart. I didn’t have a #103 tip, I only had a #104 to use. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out though, it looks almost like a basket – filled with flowers. It must have tasted pretty good too, since one of my husband’s coworkers said he wanted to kiss me 🙂

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Make sure you have an extra green beer for me; this expectant mother will enjoy some pop instead!

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