Sunday, March 13, 2011
The henna-style piped icing detail on this trio of peacock cakes is just beautiful...
I love the subtle neutral colouring – it’s a bit of a change from the sea of whites, brights and pastels out there**. The chocolate and caramel shades are such an effective combination of elegant and appetising. And the slightly different designs on each cake are much more interesting than an identical approach, or the formality of stacking them into tiers (and keeping them separate gives more surface area for icing – both to decorate and to enjoy).
It would be a good way to do a combination of complementary flavours, too, perhaps chocolate, espresso and hazelnut. Maybe with some praline buttercream filling. Or salted caramel... Now I’m just starting to get carried away!
But I don’t know that I’d want to try saying “perfect piped peacock cakes” five times very quickly with a mouthful of cake... Not with such a sophisticated cake, anyway.
* Who, if you check her out on Flickr, has one or two more explicit iced designs. Just something to watch out for in case you're cake spotting while at work!
** Which sounds a bit too much like an escaped soundbite from a laundry detergent advertisement...