Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ombre` Christmas Cake

You know the color of the sky when the stars first start to twinkle?  That's what inspired this ombre` Christmas cake.  Around here the stars start to appear around 4:30 PM. (I'll try to refrain from complaining about how early that is.)  I love the way the sky is light toward the horizon and gets darker and darker as you look up.  It makes a lovely background for silhouettes.
To get the ombre` look with buttercream, I frosted the cake with two shades of the same color.  Now I want to try the same technique with three for four different shades, maybe next time.  The junction of the two colors is zig-zagged to provide more blending.

As you smooth the frosting with the scraper, the division between colors starts to blur. (Wow, that's a close shot of my hand!)
Here it is one tier, ready for the Viva smoothing.
Using rolled out white modeling chocolate, I cut out some nativity silhouettes.  You could also use fondant just as well.  You can't really tell in the picture, but I also dusted the cutouts with a sparkly, white luster dust.
To top it off I made a 4 1/2" plaque for the top with Luke 2:11 on it.  Don't look to close at my piping.  Piping tiny letters makes me crazy!
Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.