Last fall I took a cake decorating course to spruce up my skills and learn some new skills. One of my favorite new piping techniques was the "basket weave". For our final class, we created a two-layer oval cake. We then used classic white buttercream to cover the cake in basket weaving and 'rope' borders. After the base was frosted, we decorated our cakes with royal icing flowers we had made the week prior. I used a combination of gerbera daisies and apple blossoms (my favorite flower to make out of icing).
The cake was then delivered to my friend Mikie's wedding shower. Gerbera daisies are her favorite flower, and I thought the cake would be a nice way to celebrate her upcoming wedding. Even though it was a 'classroom cake' (and therefore my first attempt at many of the techniques), it impressed Mikie as well as the guests at her shower.