Here is a pink 21st birthday cake I made for a customer who wanted to present this gorgeous cake for his girlfriend’s 21st birthday. I did not design this cake. It was recreated based on an image from my customer. I modified it slightly with some tweaking to the design.
A pretty 21st birthday cake in pink, white, black and gold
Nevertheless, I was totally pleased with the way this 21st birthday cake turned out. The first 2 tiers were dummy and only the bottom one was a real cake. Everything on the cake was edible except for the wired stars. And that is because they were wired hence not safe for consumption.
Here is how I decorated this pretty pink 21st birthday cake:
Main supplies for the cake:
- Cake – Only the bottom tier was cake, measuring 12 inches in diameter. My customer chose coffee-flavored butter cake and so I baked it using my coffee cake recipe.
- Styrofoam dummies – Both the top and second layers of the cake were Styrofoam dummies.
- Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the real cake layers as well as to crumb coat the cake.
- Fondant – this was used to cover the whole cake. I used Satin Ice in pink, white, and black. I also used fondant for the stars, the ribbon, and the tiara, however, for these items, I added a bit of CMC so that they set hard and firm.
- Extruder tool – This tool helped me in producing even-sized roll for the tiara, the pink rope border, the white plain border as well as the key.
- Gold dust & lemon extract – I mixed these two to make gold paint and used it for the key and tiara.
- Star cutters – I cut the bursting stars on the cake with these cutters. Each one was attached individually to white floral wires. I also used tiny stars for the back of the cake. These were cut out using star-shaped plunger cutters.
- Heart-shaped cutters – I used 2 different sizes to make the pink bow on the cake.
- Round scalloped cutters – These were used to cut out the black circles on the sides of the 1st and 3rd tiers where I attached the number ‘21’ and the gold key respectively.
- Floral wires – the wires held the bursting stars on the cake. I used gauge 18 so that they could hold the weight of the stars and not bend away.
- Alphabet cutters – I used Clikstix cutters for the name on the cake board as well as the number ‘21’.
- Diamond embossing mat – I used this mat to imprint the diamond patterns on the sides of the second tier.
- Fondant glue & shortening
Decorating and assembling the pink 21st birthday cake:
Decorating the dummy layers
- Since the first and second tiers of the cake were dummies, I could decorate them ahead of time. I covered the top dummy with pink. The second one was covered in white. There was no need for a crumb coat when covering dummies. All I had to do was brush them with water and cover them with fondant.
- I used my diamond embossing mat to imprint diamond shapes all around the tier and attached tiny pink balls (hand-shaped) at equal intervals. At the back of the cake where the imprint didn’t quite align, I used little pink stars to hide it.
The back of the pink 21st birthday cake
The stars and the tiara
- I also made the stars and the tiara ahead of time. This was so that they could have enough time to dry and set hard. For the stars, I used 2 different sized cutters. I cut them in pink and black (that has been mixed with CMC). I attached one wire into each star and let them set completely, lying flat.
- As for the tiara, I used my extruder tool to pipe out a long thin roll of fondant. I used a template for the tiara, drew it on a piece of paper, and glued the paper template to the sides of a 5-inch round cake dummy. And then, I guided the piped strip to follow the design on my template. I used fondant glue to attach all the pieces of the tiara together.
- Once done, I left the tiara to set completely (I left mine overnight). And then I slowly removed it from the template, placed it on a cake board before painting it with gold edible paint (gold dust mixed with lemon extract).
The number 21 on the pink 21st birthday cake
The gold key
I made the gold key in the same way as the tiara.
Assembling the pink 21st birthday cake
- Once the cake was baked, I leveled the layers. And then I sandwiched them and crumb coated the cake with buttercream. And then I covered it with white fondant. Next, I measured the circumference of the cake and drew out a scalloped template. I placed the template on the sides of the cake and marked the scallops using my needle tool.
- And then I cut out black strips and attached them to the cake with some shortening.
- Once the strips were done, I piped out a long thin fondant roll using my extruder tool and attached it to the cake, following the scallops’ markings I made earlier. To attach the roll, I used shortening.
- As for the round black plaque on the first and third tiers, I used my round scalloped cutter and poked tiny holes all around them. I then used my fine-tipped brush to paint dots of white on the holes. For this purpose, I used Americolor liquid food color.
- Next to go on this pink 21st birthday cake was the bow. I used heart-shaped cutters for the loops and attached them to the cake with shortening.
- Finally, before placing the stars and the tiara on the cake, I added the border and the wordings on the cake.
A pink 21st birthday cake
And that my pretty pink 21st birthday cake.
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