Came through drippin...
Congratulations Cardi B on your album and baby-on-the-way! In honor of the release of Invasion of Privacy I took Cardi’s lit af album art as inspiration and created a cake fitting for the occasion.
FYI, there is no fondant on this cake. Not even any crusting buttercream! This is 100% Italian Meringue Buttercream, hand-painted with Edible Art Paint in Black by Sweet Sticks AU. Who knew you could paint on meringue-based buttercream?? I’m learning new things every single day I spend in the kitchen.
The topper is gum paste, also painted with Edible Art Paint.
But the best part of this cake is definitely on the inside! The yellow of Cardi’s hair and the berry of her lips are represented too in a yummy, almost custard-flavored cake, raspberry buttercream, and a fluffy core of knock-your-socks-off marshmallow!!! I loooooove marshmallow, and was so surprised how well this special recipe worked in a layer cake. Definitely room to play around with this technique too; I am so happy with the result.
On the reals, I am entirely surprised this cake came together. I took a bunch of risks trying out new recipes and an insane technique I came up with on the fly, and somehow everything worked out!
Like Cardi B, I experienced difficult times with this cake and even contemplated giving up after a fallen cake base, seemingly overly-soft marshmallow, and tricky gum paste had me pulling my hair out on Saturday night. But no, this cake was meant for glory!
I learned a huge amount about the capacities of my materials on this cake. Painting on meringue-based buttercream, creating a surprising shape on the inside of a slice... but mostly, I learned that marshmallow is super sticky and kind of wack to work with, but so weird and cool once it sets up.
Case in point! Weird.
Also, does this look like a tongue to anybody else...?