Dec 3, 2012

Cake for an Engagement - with Roses !

An Engagement Cake , a cake for an 'actual engagement', one of the most important day in two peoples lives! That's the only thought that kept going through my mind, when my friend asked me to bake a two tiered cake for her cousins engagement two weeks ago. And my cake was going to be a part of this special day, I was nervous and happy at the same time!! :-) So I knew one thing for sure, the cake had to be perfect and hopefully a stunner!! :-)

We chose my Red-velvet cake with Cream cheese frosting, for the bottom tier. And a  simple Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Jam and Vanilla buttercream filling for top tier, cake recipe from here.
She wanted a tall cake (just like the cake I made for my son's 1st b'day party). So I baked two 10" RedVelvet cakes stacked together for bottom tier and two 6" Vanilla cakes for top tier with appropriate fillings..
She loved the Rose pattern which I had done for my Citrus cake with Roses and chose that, any other decorations were left to me. So there , with all that being set, I went about figuring out how to decorate my cake, without over-doing it, but yet keeping it elegant and pretty.
I suggested that we keep a Ring Box with both the rings in it as the Cake topper (as shown in the pics). My idea was that they could exchange the rings , taking it out from the ring box (kept on top of the cake) and then cut the cake, and my friend loved that idea! So I left the top of the cake without any other topper.



My friend and her sister found this cute Pink Rose pouch to hold the Rings, the day before the event, so I decided to go with Pink Roses to match that pouch. I love Pink Roses btw :-)

So finally I decorated the cake with Pink buttercream Roses and a Fish-scale like pattern using Cream Cheese frosting for the top of each cake.


For the pics I took at home, I've shown you with the Black Velvet ring box I had  And this is what my Rose Engagement cake finally looked like  :-).

Disclaimer: The Rings shown in the pics here are mine and Manish's (my hus). Its just for visualization purposes, to show you what I had in mind. These are NOT the original Rings of the couple getting engaged.

Here's a collage I created of the cake cutting for the actual engagement ceremony which my friend happily shared with me and she was totally ok with me posting a few pics for this post.
They have kept the ring pouch on the side of the cake and placed some beautiful 'L-O-V-E' candles over the cake. Looks like they had fun :-) I'm so happy for the lovely couple.
The final result is what always matters to me, no matter how much time it took me to bake-decorate and perfect this cake. I am really satisfied with how it looked when it was finally put together.
My friend said they all really enjoyed the cake and loved the Roses on the cake :-) Infact they had even decorated the party hall with beautiful Roses...aaah, nothing defines Love like Roses!

So my lovely readers, what do you think...do let me know ok !! Who feels like going and getting their loved one a bunch of Roses right now?? :-)

-Manju

46 comments:

  1. very pretty cake and looks stunning :) love the pink hue, somehow rose cakes are very romantic to me

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    1. Thank you so much dear! Yes Roses are very truly romantic - ♥ them!

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  2. awesome...awesome cake...great job dear...

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  3. Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible clicks. Thats a gorgeous cake.

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  4. looks very beautiful and nice work dear :)

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  5. wow!!This is so beautiful!!
    well done friend!!

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  6. That's a huge cake and beautiful roses are eye catching. Totally agreed with you the last result is what really matters and complete our day.

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    1. Yep...me and my hubby gave each other a Hi-5 after the cake was done...Obviously none of this is possible without his constant support and help.

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  7. Dear Manju - thats in fact a very beautiful and elegant cake..I have never tried making rose pattern with butter cream and now I know whom to ask for help when I am ready to make one :)

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    1. hehe, thanks Shema dear! I'm just a self taught decorator...thanks to all the other lovely blogs with tutorials out there. But feel free to ask me anytime, I can share what I know :-)

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  8. Manju ,
    How long it took to complete the decoration? The cake looks very pretty. I am sure everyone enjoyed the cake too. Great work!!!

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    1. Shibi - the actual decoration of the cake was really easy and took me perhaps 20-30minutes. But the baking-cooling and then preparing the buttercream and cream cheese frosting is what took all the time! :-)

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  9. Thats a pretty pretty cake dear... Perfect for the day

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  10. wow..hats off to another beautiful creation by you dear,absolutely stunning :)
    Great job dear,Keep it up!!
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  11. hi,
    first time here..urs is such a lovely blog..glad to be a part of your blog..
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  12. Very very pretty cake it looks stunning and gorgeous!

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  13. My Dear Manju... I want you to take a big bow!! You did a fantastic job with this cake! What a special cake for a special occasion! You can decorate a cake like a professional and I am so impressed! I am sure the lovely couple were thrilled by your hard work. Job well done!! ****(((applause)))****

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    1. Oh wow...thank you so much! I'm blushing right now :-)

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  14. Thank you Manju for such a beautiful cake...I forwarded this link to my cousin and he is so happy looking at their collage :)

    Nice work!

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    1. My pleasure dear. Hope your cousin liked it :-)

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  15. Manju,
    The cake looks so yummy .. which type of tips did u use fr bth rose (star?) and the fish-scale?

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    1. Chitra,
      Thank you so much!

      For the Roses I used Wilton's 1M star tip.

      For the fish Scales I simply put the cream cheese frosting in a ziplog bag and snipped off the edge to the thickness I wanted each drop to be.

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    2. ok cool.. great work..tx

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    3. Manju, I know you are busy but if u do find some time to reply to this it would be greatful. Did u keep a base under the 6" cakes?? and did u use any bamboo stick or smethng to help the cakes hold?

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    4. Yes, I placed a 6" cake board underneath the 6" cakes and pushed wooden dowels into the bottom tier to help support the top tier. Hope this info helps.

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    5. ok tx a lot dear..hmmm dowels.. wil long lollipop sticks serve the use of dowels?

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    6. Chithra, whats the height of your cake into which you want to place dowels? The dowel should be exactly the same height (atleast that's how I did it).
      This will ensure that the top tier does not add a lot of weight on the bottom tier....

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    7. ok i understood that part..hv chkd many videos.. am dng this for the 1st time..n i chkd many places in bangalore but didnt get a dowel as shwn in pics.. but got a lolipop stick, plastic, which they say serves the dowel purpose.. but its very thin so am quite nervous :(

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    8. And the cake height will be around little less than 5"...i chkd the vessel height..tht wil come to 5" (2 cakes)

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    9. Chithra, even my cake above has a bottom tier with 5" height. Try one more idea, if you can get hold of some thick straws ..almost like those milkshake straws, mayb that'll help as well. And it will be long enough for you to measure and cut.

      Would love to see your end result cake...you have built up my curiosity :-) Hope I've been able to help in someway.

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    10. tx a lot Manju.. gt ths reply quite late.. no probs... i went ahead wth thse sticks i had as there ws no other go.. just finished it... tx a lot for al the help.. wil share u the pics soon.. God bless u...Hope my cake wil b fne.. thou nt so gud looking lke urs..."mookila rajyathu murimookan rajavu ;)"

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  16. Hey Manju this is soo beautiful...love the colour of roses and the other pattern which u did on cake, grt job !!
    I never tried decorating a cake with piping skills, not confident about it.

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  17. You have done a completely fantastic job! Hats off lady!

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  18. You have done a completely fantastic job! Hats off lady!

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  19. doing this rose technique is my favorite way to decorate cakes and your cake looks beautiful!
    a lovely cake for a lovely couple ;)

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  20. This is a fantastic cake Manju, it's so beautiful and very pretty roses.

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  21. First time here.fabulous cake ,beautifully made.

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  22. first time here.... really a beautiful cake...

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  23. oh my god..thats an awesome cake! can't believe u havent formally learnt the art of baking! love ur blog n i am a big fan of ur recipes! pls do keep posting!

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