Thursday, April 1, 2010

Special Sweet Treat Presentation with a Cake Plate Wrapper

Greetings Everyone … This is ♥Carol♥ and I am so pleased that you are visiting me here today at my Little Creation Corner … I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful week that extends throughout the Easter week-end.

Over at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog, the Sweet Treats Thursdays design team are truly celebrating SWEET TREATS with some very special packaging for your delicious goodies. For today’s offering, I decided to make a cake plate wrapper … and in this case, it’s a wrapper custom made to match my cake.

Here is the Cake
(Please click on images to see full size)



To make the wrapper, I combined elements from two separate Cricut Cartridges, the First is the Heritage cart, for the scrolly flourish, and the second is the Paisley cart for the strawberry. The flourishes were cut at 2” and I cut two of them and welded them together in DS. I also used the “hide contour” feature in DS to remove the inner pieces of the ends (you may be able to see the faint lines of the removed sections in the image below). Because the perimeter of the silver cake pedestal cake plate is so long, I was unable to cut this in just one piece … however, I was able to match the flourishes perfectly by placing them end to end and securing them with glue dots.

As luck had it … I was able to cut 3 of the 2 welded pieces, plus one other single, and it measured perfectly to fit around the plate. Note: If you do not have the Cricut Design Studio program, you could also cut 7 of the flourishes and join them end to end (depending, of course, on the size of the cake plate that you are using.)

An Image of the Cuts using the DS Program


 
The flourishes were cut using a silver metallic paper (to match the silver cake plate). I also cut the strawberries out of metallic papers to keep the same paper theme … in this case, red and green. They were cut at 2 ¼ inches and were attached to the flourish with glue dots. This was actually very easy to do … and of course, I selected to adorn the flourish with those strawberries to compliment the cake.

So, how did I make this decadent chocolate cake? OK, no secrets here, I called on Betty Crocker for some assistance and used her yummy Devil’s Food cake mix … the Cake required 2 cake mixes because there are actually 4 layers. I even called upon Betty Crocker for help with the frosting … using two cans of frosting, one dark chocolate and one chocolate fudge. After the cake was frosted, I drizzled melted dark chocolate across the top. Believe me, this cake will give you a major chocolate rush! *grin*

I then topped off the the cake with little chocolate frosting nests to help hold those HUGE luscious strawberries and poured strawberry glaze over them. The strawberry glaze is easy to make too. Simply heat 1 cup of sugar, one cup of water and 1 tablespoon of strawberry strained strawberry juice until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, then add in 2 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken and a couple of drops of red food coloring. Spoon the glaze mixture over the strawberries … chill until ready to serve and enjoy!

Here is the cake covered with the crystal dome
(this cake is so tall, it barely fit)



It was actually very simple to make, and isn’t that beautiful? What a wonderful compliment that cake plate wrapper is for my delicious cake! Why not give it a try when you make your next cake? I think your family and friends will be very impressed at the lovely presentation.

Don’t forget to stop by the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations made by the other Sweet Treats Thursday Design Team members … they have truly made some amazing projects!

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today and liked my cake plate wrapper … It was super easy and even fun to make. Please don’t forget to add a comment and share your thoughts, I adore reading what you have to say … I’d really love it if you would sign up to be a follower too, your visits make my blog so much more meaningful. As always … thank you for stopping by to visit me here at my Little Creation Corner.

Have a great day everyone, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

Hugz,
♥Carol♥

21 comments:

melanie said...

Carol!!!! This is absolutely fantastic!!!!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

LOVE IT! I want a slice! Please! LOL! Gorgeous!

shari said...

Carol, This is such a cute idea!!! I would never have thought of this, excellant. YOur cake looks soooo... yummy. Shari (cricutrookie)

CuddlyBunny said...

Awesome cake plate idea and that CAKE!

Thank you so, SO much for sharing!

xosparklesxo said...

I LOVE it!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Oh, and I totally thought I was following your blog, but I wasn't? So, now I am :)

flowerdisco said...

I am savoring the cake, yummy :)

and Happy Easter to you too!

Anonymous said...

Carol, you have certainly out done yourself! This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

CindyS. from Cricut MB

Gramma said...

You can't possibly be going to eat that magnificent tribute to chocolate decadance????? Send me your addy and I'll come over to protect it from flying forks....

Audrey Frelx said...

Carol, that wrapper is sooo adorable and sweet!!! You did a great job!

BTW, I hope you don't notice, but I just had to stick my finger in the icing on the cake! LOL!

Audrey Frelx said...

Carol, that wrapper is sooo adorable and sweet!!! You did a great job!

BTW, I hope you don't notice, but I just had to stick my finger in the icing on the cake! LOL!

Ladybug said...

I think you'll see two finger prints in that cake!! lol

Your wrapper is gorgeous!! TFS!

Carol said...

Yipes ... I have finger prints all over that cake! LOLOLOLOL

Thanx for your lovely comments everyone!

Hugz,
♥Carol♥

Nita's World Handmade said...

I love this !! It looks wonderful and now I'd like a slice of it!

Erin Bassett said...

Oh my word that cake looks delish!! Love how you decorated the cake plate too. :)

Terrie B x said...

This is `delicious` Carol..TFS
Happy Easter :)x

BeeBeebabs said...

Your cake look awesome tfs

MsJay said...

Looks "De-lish". Great job on that cake.

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

This is absolutely fantastic and now if only you could share the recipe fr the cake and also how you decorated it ;)

Stephanie said...

This is amazing!! I never would have thought about a cake wrapper. Your chocolate cake looks so YUMMY!!! I might have to try your idea with the strawberries and glaze. Thanks for all the inspiration.
Hugs,
Stephanie

KSD Creations said...

I love this cake plate wrapper. It is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

grace creations said...

I love your cake edges. I did something simular on a glass compote with the Cricut Nativity cart. They are great to use!