It took a while for me to come up with the name 'flowers in a pond cake' for this cake.
And if you are looking for a pond in the cake, you will not find it - the pond in the cake is abstract and represented by the blue and turquoise icing dot swirls.
The inspiration for this flowers in a pond cake was just colors. I wanted to create a design with a combination of dark blue, turquoise, white and light brown. I did not have any design in mind except to use flowers in it.
It started off with just a circle of dark blue and turquoise 5 petal buttercream flowers on the cake, and then I decided some white will be a nice combo so added some simple piped flowers which in some angles looked like water lilies (so I named these water lilies). And then I thought the cake was still too plain, so decided to add some swirls in dot piping in a combination of dark blue and turquoise. When I finished the top, the whole deco reminded me of a water pond, and so I that is how I decided on the cake name!
And for coherence, I repeated the dotted swirls at the bottom of the cake in the same dark blue and turquoise buttercream dots. And I added random white 'buttercream lilies' to end the swirls.
Here is how I made this Flowers in a Pond cake:
These were the supplies I used to decorate this flowers in a pond cake:
Buttercream - I used untinted vanilla buttercream for the filling and to crumb coat the cake. I also used buttercream for the final brown frosting, the flowers and the leaves on the cake.
Wilton food coloring in juniper green
Americolor food coloring in turqoise, navy blue, royal blue, brown, black
Wilton round piping tip #3 for dots swirls, star tip #18 (for large lilies) and #16 (for small lilies) for the water lilies, leave tip #352 for the green leaves and petal tip #101 for the 5 petal flowers.
Disposable piping bags
And this was how I decorated the flowers in a pond cake:
Once the cakes were baked (I baked two 6 inch round cakes) and cooled, I leveled the tops and sandwiched them with buttercream followed by a thin layer of crumb coat.
I then covered the whole cake with buttercream tinted with brown and black. I used very very very little brown and black. I wanted a just the light tint of black-brown to the icing. I smoothed the icing on the cake so that it was evenly distributed. And then, I created horizontal lines on the whole cake. This was done using a palette knife. I held the palette knife on one hand as shown below and then used the other hand to turn the turntable continuously. As I turned the turntable, I gradually moved my hand holding the palette knife upwards so that the lines continue forming until the top. In doing this, the knife should only very lightly touch the icing to avoid it from totally scraping off icing from the cake. Once the sides were done, I continued with the top of the cake, starting from the outside and slowly moving towards the center of the cake.
This image is to show how I held the palette knife while rotating the turntable. Like I mentioned above, the lines should start from bottom to top. I have already done the lines before I took this shot, so the picture below is only to show how I held the palette knife.
And here was how the top of the cake looked like.
Next was the cake border, I piped simple bead border using Wilton tip #3.
Next, I arranged the buttercream flowers on the cake with the blue and turquoise ones alternating each other. I say 'arranged' because these flowers were piped in advance on parchment squares and left in the freezer to harden (see below for further details on how I made the flowers). When ready to be used, I peeled them off the paper and placed them gently on the cake with a spatula. I also piped white centers for the flowers using Wilton tip #3.
Next were the lilies. I randomly piped white lilies and then added the leaves. After that, I did the swirls in dot piping. To do this, I used Wilton tip #3. I started with the dark blue dots, beginning the scrolls close to the flowers and then continued to the center of the cake with turquoise icing. This was how the top looked like:
I completed the cake by piping the same swirls and white lilies on the sides of the cake, but only halfway up:
And that was it. My flowers in a pond cake.
Simple Buttercream Flowers
I had 2 types of buttercream flowers on this flowers in a pond cake , ie. 5 petal flowers in dark blue and turquoise and lilies in white. Here is how I colored all the flowers and leaves on my cake:
Dark blue - a mix of Americolor navy blue (most part), a little royal blue and a tiny bit of black.
Turquoise - Americolor turquoise
White lilies - Untinted buttercream
Leaves - Wilton juniper green
The blue and turquoise flowers were piped using Wilton petal tip #101 while the white 'lilies' were piped directly on the cake using tips #18 & #16. To make the lilies, I piped one star on the cake, lifted the nozzle completely, and then piped another one on top of the earlier star.
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