In April for our Pastor and his family as they celebrated 30 years with our church and a friend asked if I could help do a cake for them. Sure, why not, haven't done one in a while. After looking over a few cake designs, I remembered a certain design I had seen in one of my Wilton Cake decorating books that would be perfect. This cake design incorporated a variety of photos into the design. My husband put the photos together and prepared the photo strips to put on the tailored tiers.
If I remember correctly, I did a 6 inch, 10 inch and a 14 inch for the three tiers. Honestly, I can't remember what flavor the 14 inch one was, but I do remember the other two. I used a different chocolate cake mix that my usual and I was not at all happy with the results!
I wanted to keep the design clean looking so that photos would stand out. I iced the cake in buttercream, then used a diamond impression mat on the sides to dress it up a bit. I finished it by piping a reverse shell border on the top with a tradition shell border on the bottom of each tier. My friend did the cake topper
with silk flowers and sea shells (it was a beach themed reception)
giving it the final touch that it needed.
I was terrified that it was going to fall over because the tailored tiers are not easy to secure well. I assembled it the night before since I wouldn't have time in the morning. Thankfully It made it through the night and the luncheon, with out any problem, whew! Now I know why the tailored tier set was on clearance and now discontinued, probably not the best product for a large cake, since you can't put a dowel down the middle of it to secure it well.
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