Cake decorating is one of my favorite food arts but because it's so tough on one's hands, I only do it for family these days, specifically for our nieces and nephews. The rule is that for their birthday I'll make anything they want. One year, Sydney wanted a butterfly. Check. Boy Jordan wanted an Eric Carr (the fox) from KISS cake. Check. Girl Jordan wanted a car cake. Check, although it was made from rice krispie treats rather than cake which added to it's value in her eyes. Holli's birthday falls the week before Halloween so her request was doubly appropriate for both the holiday and the latest vampire craze. She asked for a Twilight-themed cake. On the inside is a cherry chip (family favorite) cake torted into five layers with homemade buttercream between each. The covering is black marshmallow fondant (I think it looks like leather). Everything on the cake is made from sugar with the exceptions of the apple and the ribbon.
Not having read the books, I didn't know what the icons all stand for but Wednesday night at work Carissa and I did a quick google and found that the apple represents man's (and vampires') free agency: the choice between good and evil, innocence and corruption. The red and white flower is for purity stained by blood. The chess pieces we found nothing on but it seems pretty obvious that the king represents the vampire and the pawn represents humans in their eyes.
Fun cake. I had a great time putting it together. Happy Birthday, Holli!
For the recipes and tips on cakes, see my prior cake posts:
Marhsmallow fondant recipe:
Sculpting a truck cake for Isaac and tips on stacking cakes:
The finished truck cake and Jordan's retro black and white cake: