Birthday Daisies

October 15th, 2009 by Giulia Taraszkiewicz

We enjoy celebrating birthdays at Wilton. And with every birthday comes the cake! For Micall’s birthday I decided to bake a delicious birthday cake and decorate it with icing flowers. This was a really easy project and would be perfect for beginner to medium skilled decorators. I used a banana flavored cake mix and I filled each layer with chocolate hazelnut cream… needless to say it was both gorgeous AND delicious!

level the cakeSTEP 1 – CUT THE LAYERS
Instead of using a knife, I really suggest you use a cake leveler for this task. It will make this job much easier, save you time, and you will have perfectly leveled layers. I used a 6 inch cake pan and sliced 3 layers so that the cake would look very tall.

ice the cakeStart by topping your cake with lots of icing, then smooth it down towards the sides. Add more icing on the sides and work with your cake spatula to level the icing as much as possible. Let the icing air dry for several minutes. I usually speed up this process by placing the cake in the fridge. After that, place parchment paper on the icing, and delicately even out the icing. Peel off the parchment paper and you will achieve a much smoother effect.

decorate the cakeRemember to use your coupler with the decorating bag so you can change the tip you wish to use at any time. I started decorating beads of aqua colored icing on the bottom of the cake.

finished cake
Then I placed little white polka dots on the side. I switched to a star tip to create reverse shells around the top, and finished by placing beautiful pre-made white daisies. I think these pre-made icing flowers might be one of my favorite Wilton products. Even skilled decorators who can make flowers might not have time to do their own at times!  Happy Birthday  Micall, I hope you enjoyed your cake!

Giulia Taraszkiewicz Giulia is the Associate Product Manager for Gingerbread. Born a crafter, Giulia moved from Italy to the U.S. where she enthusiastically joined Wilton. She LOVES baking, decorating, crafting, cooking, family and friend gatherings, shopping, and pretty things.

7 Replies

  1. Micall says:

    Thanks Giulia, the cake was beautifully decorated and delicious!!

  2. Dianne says:

    Did you bake three layers? I don’t quite understand when you said you cut three layers because you wanted the cake to be tall. And then you leveled two of the layers? The top layer is left rounded on top?

    • Giulia Taraszkiewicz says:

      Hello Dianne,
      I cut the cake into 3 layers, by cutting it twice.
      I filled each with chocolate cream. Since each layer is filled, the more layers I make, the taller the cake will be.
      The top layer is left rounded. You can cut it if you like, but I did not mind the little heap.
      Hope this is more clear than before 🙂

  3. Karyn says:

    That’s very pretty! Can you tell me what tips you used for the polka dots and the beads at the bottom?

    • Giulia Taraszkiewicz says:

      Thanks Karyn!
      If memory serves me correctly, I used a #4 for the dots and a #12 for the beads.
      Happy Decorating!

  4. Sandra says:

    That is such a beautiful idea!

  5. Karlene says:

    Absolutely, BEAUTIFUL!!

    Thanks for sharing.

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