When we heard that Tomoe was leaving for the West Coast, I asked if I could make a cake for her and her husband Richard to go along with the “Farewell to Nova Scotia” themed goodbye party. My sister-in-law said it could just be a simple cake that had “Farewell Tomoe & Richard” written on it. Well, I couldn’t do that. 😉 (If you are wondering why I’m only talking about me in this story, it’s because Margaret was out of the province for a week.)
So when I got thinking of iconic NS, I thought lighthouses, and then I made up my mind. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to achieve a lighthouse, but I did some research, and had an idea laid out in my head. With the help of a design by Hunter(my 8-year-old), I baked six small round Vanilla Bean Marble pound cakes and a 12-inch square Vanilla Bean pound. After stacking the cakes, using our Cake Stackers system, I carved the shape I wanted for the lighthouse and the rocks that it sat on. I then dirty iced everything with Vanilla Bean buttercream and chilled it overnight in the fridge, so the entire cake would be very firm and ready for fondant.
Oh, and earlier in the week, I used an empty chocolate milk bottle, a disassembled Dot-it light, and some scrapbook paper, to make a topper for the cake that actually lights up! Yay!
Not sure how I was going to cover the lighthouse with fondant, I decided to just dive right in. By this time, I was joined by a “cake crew” (Amanda, Megan, and Noah for artistic imput ;)), and Amanda and I surprisingly covered the entire cake in one piece of fondant. Then the girls got to work dusting the “rocks”, while I made the gum paste details- the door, steps, windows, and Farewell sign. After adding the gum paste details and painting the window panes, we added candy covered chocolate “rocks” and I piped little tufts of grass in among them. We then mixed up a marbled blue buttercream, which was spread on using a small spatula to create the moody waves of Nova Scotia.
Every detail we added got us a little more excited… and the finished product had us all impressed! Thanks for the group effort, everyone! 🙂
*Success! We fooled a number of people who came to the farewell party and didn’t realize the lighthouse was a cake. Yay!