Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chihuly and Cake

Wow, it's been awhile since my last post. Well, if you don't already know, I'm still sick and I haven't been anywhere exciting because I'm sick. Get it, I'M SICK. I mean, seriously sick where I could have died if I didn't go see a doctor. No worries, I'm getting better and you should start seeing more posts once my doctor releases me from my no raw food diet and whenever I can book a flight somewhere. Airplanes = germs = no flying.

Anyways, a few weeks ago Hubs and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. Again, we didn't do much because I have issues and frankly there's no point of spending a lot of money on a dinner when I can't eat. I did, however, continue our tradition of having an anniversary cake made to celebrate this important occasion. The theme this year focused on location and decor: Bellagio and Dale Chihuly

The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA had a few of Dale Chihuly's masterpieces on display so before we picked up our cake, we did a tour of the institute and checked out Chihuly's work.

Here's what our anniversary cake looked like.
Since we got married at the Bellagio, I wanted to incorporate the beautiful decor of the hotel as well as the glasswork by Dale Chihuly. The cake was inspired by this wedding photo.

A closer look at the frosting details.

The Chihuly flowers were formed from sugar.

The cake itself was a marble cake with cheesecake and passion fruit mousse fillings (two different filling layers). The entire cake was frosted with an Italian buttercream and covered with ivory fondant.

The cake was light and moist which was a plus. The cheesecake and passion fruit mousse fillings really complimented each other and was not too sweet at all. I feel the passion fruit gave the cheesecake a slight tart taste without being overwhelming. My favorite filling flavor is lilikoi so this passion fruit mousse meet my expectations.

The ladies of Sweet Cheeks Baking Company in San Diego did a really good job on our anniversary cake and I plan on ordering more cakes from them in the near future.