A Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon Meringue themed cake for a friend.
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The cakes are 6 inch and 8 inch round, baked Strawberry Shortcake with fresh strawberry Italian Meringue Buttercream; I even flavored the MMF (marshmallow fondant) with Strawberry Flavoring LorAnn Oil - it smells deliciously good!
Here's a closer look at Strawberry Shortcake. She stands at almost 5 1/2 inches tall and is constructed out of gumpaste. The clothing is a mix of both MMF and Gumpaste. I dusted the cheeks with pink petal dust and also painted her entire outfit in both red and pearl luster dust that I diluted with vodka. I hand molded the strawberries on the top of the cake and used an assortment of different blossom and rose calyx cutters for the green leaf on the strawberries. The green petals were hand cut free hand.
Lemon Meringue is also mostly made out of gumpaste with some of her hair and clothing being a mix of gumpaste and MMF. Both of the figurines had one long popsicle stick that went from the middle of their heads and straight down into the bottom of the cake. On the actual cake, I insert regular drinking straws down them, trim them so they sit flushed to the top of the cake and then slide the figurines down them for added stability. An added bonus when inserting them this way is that when you cut the cake, you pull out a get a clean popsicle stick to hold the figurines with instead of one coated in cake and buttercream.
A closer look at the figurines while they were drying. Note all the push pins in Strawberry Shortcake were used to help hold up the hat's rim and her skirt as they dried overnight. They work perfectly and only leave behind a tiny, unnoticeable pin mark.
This is such a cute photo of the birthday girl being cute and silly as the cake was being photographed (by Brian Ramsay Photography).