Good friends, Garrett and Heather, contacted us about doing their daughter Alex’s 16th birthday cake. They sent us a photo of a cake they liked. The theme was hot pink with black zebra stripes with a middle tier that was white with black decor.
They only needed the cake to feed 30 but wanted a 3 tier cake (square, round, round). After doing some figuring, we informed them the smallest 3 tier cake we could do (10″ square. 8″ round, 6″ round) would feed 62 unless they wanted to do single layer tiers instead of double. They quickly decided upon the cake to feed 62, so to the kitchen we went.
The top 6″ round tier was vanilla. The middle 8″ round tier was chocolate. The bottom 10″ square tier was marble (chocolate and vanilla swirl). After we covered each double stacked tier with buttercream, we covered with fondant. We colored one batch of fondant hot pink and left the other white for the middle tier. After the fondant was in place, we decided to paint on the stripes rather than to cut fondant stripes and have them raised on the cake. After we painted the bottom and top tiers, we piped on a damask border with black buttercream onto the middle white tier.
We then stacked the cakes and finally called it complete after 9 hours of baking/decorating.
Happy 16th birthday, Alex! Look forward to seeing your smiling face at the party!