God. I love cake. It's the best.
At work my project manager quit so we threw her a going away soiree. Her signature color is orange so everything was orange and since I volunteered to make the cake...clearly I had the color palette already decided for me.
I went all out for this one--well at least I went as far as my cake decorating skills allowed. I did the petal ombre technique I learned here. And then I made some white modeling chocolate that I dyed orange (of course) and created the strip that straddles the cake. I also used it to make the rose which I learned how to do via this superb tutorial.
It was a fun cake to make. And it was delightful to eat.
Here's a quick breakdown for you:
Cake flavor - pumpkin (adapted the recipe from here)
Filling - salted caramel apple butter swiss meringue buttercream w/diced apples
Frosting - brown butter swiss meringue buttercream (brown butter is an intoxicating flavor...)
Rose and orange strip - white modeling chocolate