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50th Anniversary cake

50th Anniversary Cake Design

Some dear friends recently celebrated their 50th anniversary and asked if I could make the cake. This cake is a vanilla butter cake with lemon curd filling and Italian Meringue buttercream. I had to make the sugar paste roses and leaves 2 weeks early to ensure enough dry time and prevent any last minute rushing. The leaf and branch design on the sides of the tiers were done with a stencil.

Prior to stenciling the design, I placed the tiers in the freezer for 20 minutes to get the buttercream very firm. This allowed me to place the stencil on the cake without damaging the smooth finish. Then I took a spatula and spread the buttercream over the stencil and lifted the stencil straight off the cake. It is a fun technique that gives the cake a “raised” stencil design and if the cake is firm from the freezer it is easy to scrape off the stencil design if it gets smudged.

50th Anniversary Cake
50th Anniversary Cake
50th Anniversary Cake


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Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Pat Olson

Monday 31st of July 2023

If I buy prepared fondant (roll type) how much should I buy to make a Barbie Doll cake skirt - one that looks wavy, not flat.

Dahn Boquist

Monday 31st of July 2023

I plan for double the amount of fondant that I would use to cover the cake. So if you have an 8-inch cake that uses 24 ounces to cover the cake, I would get at least 48 ounces of fondant to make waves or pleats. If you want a lot of waves or pleats, it will take more.

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