Basketfull of daisies and first recipe post





Sometime during the past month, I got an exciting offer for making a first birthday cake filled with daisies, bugs and butterflies. I was thoroughly excited with the first part of the proposition; always wanted somebody to ask me to make a first birthday cake. But just the mere prospect of making a cake filled with daisies somehow tightened me up. Even though these flowers are relatively easy to make, and look ethereal once made, they are very delicate and fragile, especially when piped out of buttercream. And that is how it all started; I went on a piping spree and made 100 flowers, in advance. I have the know how on stable icing butterflies, and bugs, so that part went on like a breeze. Baked a white cake, and frosted it with raspberry laced white chocolate icing. Even though some of the flowers did crumble when I tried to lift it, most of it, kept the form. T, did a good job of packing it, and off we went to the party. Everything went pretty well from there on. I am going to name this cake “Lexidaisy” in love for the little girl for whom it was made. She was so cute, and extremely patient to a bunch of strange people yelling out Happy Birthday to her.


Raspberry laced white chocolate buttercream

Solid vegetable shortening 1 cup
Confectioners Sugar 4 cups
Salt ¼ tsp
Whipping cream 4 oz
White chocolate 6 oz
Raspberry liquor 1 tbsp

Melt white chocolate in microwave or in a double boiler, add a teaspoon of shortening, beat and let it cool. Cream the remaining shortening until fluffy. Add sugar and continue creaming until well-blended, mix in the melted chocolate. Add salt, and whipping cream; blend on low speed until moistened. Add liquor, beat at high speed until icing is fluffy. You could very well substitute the liquor with raspberry flavoring or oil, by adding ¼ tsp and couple of drops respectively.

48 comments:

Indira said...

Archana, what a beautiful cake and that's one lucky birthday girl.

I'm glad that you contacted me, otherwise I'd have missed your gorgeous creation and your blog.
I’ll be a loyal reader from now on and snag more than a couple of ideas from your recipes.:)

Best wishes!

sailu said...

So beautiful!

archana said...

Thank you so much for the kind words Indira

archana said...

Thank you Sailu

Radhika said...

WOW Archana,I've never seen such a beautiful cake in my life.U definetly have lots(and lots) of talent in ur hands.I'm adding ur blog to my favorites.
Best wishes for future blogging.

archana said...

Thank you so much Radhika, you are very kind.
Archana

KeralaGirl said...

Oh my !!! I cant believe those are home made daisys....What a talent Archana...Beautiful cake...Hmmmm wish I could taste that cake...:-)

RP said...

I can't believe it is a cake! It looks like a real basket of daisies. You should be a professional! What a beautiful post to start your blog! Looking forward to learn a lot from you.

archana said...

Thank you so much KeralaG, have a slice when you come in next time.
Archana

archana said...

Thanks a lot RP, i do really appreciate your comments, exspecially becos i am still doing cake decor as a hobby.
Archana

Santhi said...

what a beautiful cake!!!!!!!!!!!!
U are very talented archana.
Will be coming back here to see and learn more.

SNP said...

Simply Awesome !!!

Inji Pennu said...

Wow! Are you a pro? What a beautiful cake? Next time, could you post the step by step process? I want to bake something like that and impress the heck out of everybody.

Gini said...

What a great cake? Where did u learn to bake like that. Wow!

Vee said...

Wow!!!!!
Thats All I can say and just about sums it up....
Wow!!!

Manisha said...

Hobby?! You should turn professional! You have an amazing talent and you are extremely creative. I am totally in awe!!

Manisha said...

Archana, just wanted to let you know that we're talking about you here.

archana said...

Manisha,
Thank you os much for talking about me,i am really very very humbled. Do come back To Spicyana
Archana

archana said...

Thank you Gini

archana said...

Hi Ig,
I am not a pro, just a hobby bee. I will write some how to posts, as soon as i bake the next cake.

Manisha said...

I clicked publish too soon on the previous post - it should have included an invitation to join us at Another Subcontinent. Please do!

Rushina said...

What a stunning debut! I am sitting here rubbing my hands in glee... because after that beautiful beginning you'll just have to keep to the same exacting standards... and we get to watch! This is the sort of post that the word foodporn was coined to describe!

Congratulations....

Rushina

Anonymous said...

Archana,
It is just one of your many talents. I know you are much more creative as a cook, as an interior decor and as a scientist
What to say
add usha to your list!!!
all the very best
Joyce

Lera said...

It's beautiful!

archana said...

Thank you so much Joyce chechi,
I am so glad that you came over, please drop in whenever you have time. I am going to send the link to Usha m'm right away.
Archana

Maria said...

What a beautiful daisy cake.

archana said...

Thank you MAria
Archana

Sumi said...

wow, a beautiful cake...
you must have lots of patience to do such elaborate decorated cake.
I love baking ..expecting more baking receipes from you

archana said...

Thanks a lot Sumi, as you go along decorating, you gain momentum. I am looking forward to share some of favorite cake recipes and techniques.
Archana

Anu said...

Hello Archana,
I was checking the Jihva Postings at Indira's Mahanandi today and am so impressed with your posting and your blog. Your cakes are so beautiful. Can you please write step-to-step procedures for decorating them.

Anonymous said...

I'm a lurker but,I can't help myself, I just had to tell you that your cake creation is simply breathtaking!

archana said...

Thank you Anu. I am planning on doing step to step decoration and techinque demo photos soon.
Do come back to SPicyana

Anon...s,
Thank you, and hey we caught you !!!

srivani said...

Hai archana,
Its simply superb. I love baking too and especially decorating cakes. looking forward for more recipes.

Prema Sundar said...

Wow Archana I was just going thru ur blog site and amazed by ur cake recipes. its so nice.. I dont think i can make a wonderful cake like this..

Jyotsna said...

This is simply wonderful!!! When you get the chance, let us know the technique to pipe out the daisies. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

Riya's corner said...

wow archana...my eyes r drooooooling:) im a beginner in baking...plz do let me know some simple and easy recipes....

Jyothsna said...

Thats gorgeous, Hope i can make that oneday! Thanks for sharing!

sandhya said...

Hai Archana,

The cake is very beautiful.....
Archana, can u tell me where can i get icing sets , bag , colours,etc...

archana said...

Srivani
Thank you for visiting Spicyana, glad to know that we have things in common.

Prema
Oh, sure you can Prema, this is all fun to do. Thank you.

Jyotsna
I have given a link for Daisy making in one of my cake posts named “baby shower cake”(look for it in the cake category). Hope this helps. Thank you.

Riya's corner
Thank you. I have got a couple of cake recipe up. If you can send me an email I will mail you some of the simple no fuss cake recipes I use.

Jyothsna
You absolutely can, thank you.

Sandhya
Thank you. You will find Wilton products for cake decoration in most of the hobby stores, and sometimes in other stores too. Check in the Micheals craft store near your place, they have kits and supplies for all levels and you can also attend cake deck classes there. You can shop online for these supplies in many sites including www.Wilton.com. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I didn't see this cake recipe until today. I don't know how I missed it. Anyways....Wow! Wow! Wow! Archana, it's Amazing! Beautiful! Superb!. It looks like real flowers. I've never ever seen such a beautiful cake in my life. What a virtual treat! You're a genius. I wish I could taste that cake right now.....:)Nice work Archana!

Rg.

Seena said...

Archana,
I haven't seen such a beautiful cake before! I am a failure in cake making..now I want to learn seeing your cake pics...wow..!

I'm Lubna said...

Hi Archana,
Love your cake decorations...I'm sure the cakes are as delicious and mouth watering as they look. Also like the gorgeous pictures of your recipes. Makes me want to eat 'em all.
Good work!
Lubna.

Indu said...

God!!! I cant believe these r home made cakes..You r a pro..I wish i could make at least one flower like this..really awesome ..COngrats!! can u pls put a description of the recipe..at least v can make a try..

yummy yummy food for tummy said...

Archana,
Indeed u r extremely talented,a genius, and sureshot multitasker! hw many hrs do u shell out in a single day? what cakes u make/bake!decorate!
snaps r awesome..ur comments show how humble,modest u r! God seems to have stopped making people like u!
I wd b happy even if i manage to make one single petal of what u hv done..this cake and others r stunningly pretty!!!
best rgds-Purnima.:-)

swati412 said...

Hi Archana

Thanx for visiting my site..
The daisies relly look great...BTW which nozzle do u work with..and is it buttercream?

Swati

Anonymous said...

Oh my Goodness! Even the real daisy flowers could not be equal to your daisies! I am so happy to come across your blog.
Thanks for sharing!

Liz Dhanraj

BangloreBlues said...

Beautiful cake archana. I was curious how did you stick / arrange the flowers on the top of the cake ? Was the cake flat on the top ?

BangloreBlues said...

What a beautiful cake. I was curious how did you stick/arrange the daisies on top of the cake ? Was it a flat top cake ?

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