I was contacted by the incoming President of a local knitting guild (WRKG–Western Reserve Knitting Guild) to create a cake for a guild birthday party celebration. She wanted a simple half-sheet cake with a few knitting-themed details on top.
The cake is a sour cream almond cake with raspberry mousse filling and vanilla-bean buttercream. The balls of yarn are made by covering little styrofoam balls with fondant extruded using my handy-dandy Walnut Hollow clay extruder. I opted for styrofoam because a ball that size made entirely of fondant would have been too heavy. It took some doing to get them to look realistic, but they turned out cute, I thought.
The knitting needles are wooden skewers painted with edible silver paint with end pieces made of grey fondant. The buttons and letters are also made of homemade marshmallow fondant.
I used the guild’s color scheme of blue and yellow for the fondant details and the buttercream piped swirls and bottom border.
Happy birthday, WRKG! I sure had fun creating your cake!