A 3-D wine bottle and a plate of cheeses.
The groom likes German Chocolate cake.
He picked the cheese and we were sent photos of the ones he wanted. Swiss. Cheddar wrapped in red wax. Shredded mozzarella. We'll cut the cheese off the cake boards at the reception venue.
Then the wine bottle. First we had to go borrow a wine bottle from Opus (the restaurant across the alley).
Then we started with four layers of rice krispy treats as the base, and to have something to skewer the cake into.
And finally an extra layer of cake (without the filling), a strong wooden dowel, and a snake of rice krispy treats for the neck.
The entire "cake-like object" was base coated in buttercream and put in the freezer for an hour or so to harden while Sarah mixed up some wine-bottle-green fondant (whiite chocolate fondant with leaf green and pine green gel color, plus a little dark chocolate fondant to darken it).
It only took two takes to cover the bottle with fondant (sideways, with a seam down the back that had to be smoothed).
The cork wrap was made with burgundy and chocolate fondant, and the entire "glass" part of the cake was painted with edible laquer with a tad of antique green luster dust added.
There you go.
Tomorrow we'll take step-by-step photos of the assembly and final products. We even made some crackers for the table.
The bride's cake will be equally lovely, three tiers of strawberry cake with fresh local strawberries between the layers. It will be covered in textured vanilla buttercream and garnished with more strawberries. Then we will pipe some pretty green vines around the berries.
You won't want to miss the final product!