Thursday, June 2, 2016
White Velvet Cake for Marilyn's 90th Birthday
On Wednesday, 1 June, it was screen goddess Marilyn Monroe's 90th birthday. Can you imagine the timeless Marilyn at 90?
Unfortunately I did not have time to make something for the day, but I did get around to my Marilyn tribute cake a day later. While the likeness is not perfect, you can see the resemblance, I think:
Her lips are a little bigger than I'd like, but I was constrained by my candy mould, which produced a very voluptuous pair of closed lips.
I used Rose Levy-Berenbaum's recipe for White Velvet Cake from Heavenly Cakes - you can find the recipe online here. Why White Velvet? Well, I had never made a white velvet cake before, and it sounded rather luxe, like Marilyn herself. Here is the cake before frosting:
My inspiration for the cake design came from these cookies and this wall sticker. Originally I had been going to cut the black parts of the design out of black fondant, but my black fondant had dried up, so I decided instead to draw a free hand design and transfer it into the fondant, then fill it in with black edible ink. When I transferred the design, of course it came out as a mirror image of what I had drawn, hence why Marilyn's face is in the reverse orientation to the way she was mainly photographed.
As mentioned above, I made the lips by pressing red fondant into a lip-shaped candy mould, then putting it in the freezer for a while so I could pop it out. Even then, it was quite a struggle to get the fondant out of the mould.
I frosted my cake with vanilla buttercream from my faithful Primrose Bakery recipe. To assemble, I lifted my fondant drawing onto the buttercream, making sure I was happy with the position before smoothing it down. Next, I wet the back of the fondant lips with a little water and placed them onto the face. Finally, for Marilyn's beauty spot, I used a little choc coated rice crispy ball from some Coles sprinkles that I had in the cupboard.
Here's a peek inside:
I was pretty happy with my artistic efforts. Happy birthday to Marilyn.