Last month we celebrated an incredibly special occasion - my parents' 5-Oh GOLDEN anniversary! It was a beautiful day filled with love from family and friends. About 100 of them actually. Of course I had to bake and decorate a cake that was just as special. It was a white and gold 3 tier cake with a different flavor for each tier, adorned with fresh roses.
The top tier was a tiny little thing! It was a 4" chocolate devil's food cake with chocolate buttercream. Finished with white fondant and gold accents. It was more for the look than to be eaten. Imagine 100 people trying to fight over that. Ha!
The middle tier was inspired by one of the best cakes I've ever had, the Fraisier, from the renowned Parisian pastry shop, Fauchon PARIS. Waaay back in 2001, Fauchon opened a shop in NYC and I had the pleasure of working at the patisserie commissary for 4 years, under Executive Pastry Chef Florian Bellanger my now friend and mentor. This was an incredible learning experience, which deserves a post of it's own. So...back to the cake. It was made with pistachio sponge cake soaked in a strawberry syrup, fresh strawberry slices and pistachio swiss meringue buttercream. Covered in vanilla buttercream, airbrushed with gold and a simple "50" plaque.
Finally, the bottom tier was piña colada filling and was SO good! For anyone that doesn't know, my parents were in the mobile food business when I was child, and frozen *virgin* piña coladas were a top selling menu item. It was made with a coconut butter cake, fresh pineapple filling, coconut pastry cream and Italian meringue icing.
I received so many compliments on this cake! My parents loved it too. Here are a few more photos from their party.