The Sketch vs. the Cake

When I'm talking cake and trying to explain what I have in my head, I am sometimes asked, "can you sketch that out for me?"... and then I cringe... because I really can't draw.  At all. Not even a bit. So, I warn them about my inability to put things on paper and send them my best interpretation, asking them to dig deep when using their imagination. I thought it'd be fun to share a few of these with you.


The request: Toy Story themed cake for 3rd birthday. Must haves: Buzz and Woody. My sketch:

Nice, eh? (Seriously.... can't you see where I'm going with that?? C'mon!!)

While what I'm really seeing in my head:


I was asked to make a cake for a very small, intimate wedding. She gave me full design authority - do whatever you want as long as it looks like a wedding cake. I have a love/hate relationship with these moments. I love that I get to make the design decisions because there are so many techniques that I want to try. On the other hand, there's a lot of pressure to make something that the recipient will like without any guidance!

I love the idea of double height tiers, embossed detailing - and a vintage/retro feel! The sketch:

The finished cake:

And, finally... the request: a birthday cake for a coasting dare devil and his siblings. I got excited over this one... can't you tell from my sketch??

Sometimes, when the cake is sculpted as this one was, and covered in white fondant, I panic a little. Hmmm... is this really going to come together for me because wow... this is pretty boring looking right now. A big blob of fondant covered cake.  Somehow, it always seems to work out in the end:


And there you have it - the sketch vs. the cake. I say skip the sketch and just trust me. :)