R – Roses on Cakes (A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2014)

Two years ago, when I was a lost soul, I wouldn’t have imagined in the wildest of my dreams that I would one day make cakes for a living. And yet, here I am. Baking cakes, designing them, and having an absolooooooodely gala time πŸ™‚

However when people see my cakes now, they probably think that I have always had it easy. How did I fail? Let me count the ways…

  1. I made cakes which were fit for the dustbin. You couldn’t break them even with a hammer.

  2. I made frostings which were too runny, too cakey, and sometimes sickeningly sweet.

  3. I made ganache which must have seized a gazillion times before I got it right.

  4. I made chocolate mousse which seized into a grainy mess.

  5. I made horrid modeling chocolate which kept melting in my hands.

  6. My first fondant cake was an icky sticky mess.

  7. I got negative feedback from all my early clients.

  8. I almost gave up.

But something stuck. Like my resolve to try and work around my mistakes. I still make mistakes… lots and lots of mistakes from which I am learning on a daily basis. Only now my cakes are softer, and my clients love them πŸ™‚

One of my favorite things on cakes are roses. They are elegant, beautiful and take ordinary cakes to another level entirely.

Roses can be made in a number of ways.

1. With gum paste (they don’t get eaten but are my favorite)

2. With modeling chocolate (they look yum, and they taste yum)

3. With whipped cream/buttercream using rose tip

4. With whipped cream/buttercream using large star tip

These are my gum paste roses

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These are my modeling chocolate roses

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With whipped cream using rose tip on a rose nail

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WIth whipped cream using a star tip

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Out of all of these the roses with the star tip were the easiest. All you have to do is fill a piping bag fitted with the star tip, with your frosting, and start frosting in a circular motion from center outwards, building up on the center as you go. Viola, your elegant whipped cream roses are ready πŸ™‚

I sure do hope to make many more roses as the years progress πŸ™‚

Happy DIYing everyone!

This post has been written for the A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2014.

Also linking it to theΒ Ultimate Blog Challenge

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41 thoughts on “R – Roses on Cakes (A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2014)

  1. woww yumm… you make amazing cakes… I so loved the shapes … wish I could eat them atleast once. Loved the way you have listed down your failures πŸ™‚ indeed they were the stepping stones to your success

  2. Visiting from the A to Z sign up page.

    These look yummy, and you post turned out to be the very inspiration I needed to start my day of revising my book, because like your early cake decorating attempts, I need to find the gumption to stick with it and move from mistakes to masterpieces. Thank you for that.

    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

  3. Wow! That’s such an inspiring journey, Gauri! So proud of you that you never gave up and bounced back from each mistake and learnt from it! I remember you sharing that you have had no formal training in baking, so that makes it all the more a super proud achievement. Way to go and all the very best in your baking journey! Cheers πŸ™‚

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