I love the look of embroidery and had been wanting to try and get that effect on a cake topper for a while. I knew that I wanted to use jimmy sprinkles for the "thread" and possibly have it on a royal icing disk but I couldn't decide on a pattern. I doodled a few designs and then got sidetracked by other recipes and projects and forgot about it all together.
It wasn't until I came across the Polka and Bloom blog that I was remembered the cake idea. She has great designs that are so pretty, modern, and colourful. I wrote to her asking if I could use one of her patterns for a cake topper and she was nice enough to agree (which is good because my own attempts at embroidery patterns for the cake were pretty sad).
I had to go out and buy jimmy sprinkles but I could only find the colours that I wanted in mixed jars. Sorting them was tedious. Normally I don't mind sorting, cutting, and other repetitive tasks that I can do while watching TV... but the sprinkles were hard to pick up and my tweezers had decided to hide themselves never to be seen again. Next time I see single colour jars of jimmies I am buying one of each.
Laying out the actual design was much more fun and I am really happy with how it looked in the end. I plan on trying out another design and taking some step by step photos in case anyone else wants to try making a similar cake.
The cake itself is pink lady cake made with pureed raspberries instead of strawberries and lemon swiss meringue buttercream. The cake was delicious but the icing was not really what I wanted. Cream cheese icing or a sharper buttercream would have been better.
On a completely unrelated but equally sweet note: We have solved our cat-hair-on-the-furniture issue. Wellington sheds like nobodies business and he would literally coat the furniture with fur. Daily vacuuming required.
Not anymore. We gave him a shoebox that he seemed interested in and now he doesn't sleep anywhere else. He has a serious love affair with this slightly too small orange shoe box. We can just pick it up and carry it around and he's happy to sleep wherever it is.