Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream
It's quickly becoming our signature cake.
This cake was commissioned by Sir Stevens for his wife's surprise birthday party. The theme was "Texas Luau" and he called with a definite idea of what he wanted on his cake. He specifically asked for a happy tiki wearing a sombrero, a lei, and a bottle of Disaronno (his wife's favorite drink).
This cake was - among other things - enormous. The sheer size of the cake, along with all the details, led to an unforseen challenge: transporting a cake that weighed at least 50 pounds. I'm prone to exaggerating but this is the gosh-darn truth: this cake weighted at least 50 pounds. It also measured about 15" tall and 20" wide.
This sombrero was about a foot wide and piping and painting of the hat took about 2 hours. All details - designs, stitching, etc. - were piped in icing and painted a shimmery gold. It was as good to eat as it was to look at; the hat was filled with Rice Krispie treats. (In other news, "Rice Krispie" is one of the ugliest brand names I can think of. I take that back. It comes in a close second behind "Funyun". It hurts my heart a little.)
Gum paste tiger lily
See you later, aldergator.