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Saturday, January 17, 2015

50 Shades of Grey

Oh my! My daughter-in-law is turning 40! That is cause for a great celebration cake. Well, seriously, what birthday isn't cause for a great celebration cake?

50 Shades of Grey Cake www.butterfacecakes@blogspot.ca

With the 50 Shades of Grey Movie coming out in less than a month, we thought that might make a great theme for her party. I looked at dozens of "50 Shades" cakes on line and there were some awesome cakes. (Do a Google or Pinterest search.)

I had always wanted to make a totally ripped male torso cake and you'll find plenty of those in your search for 50 Shades of Grey cakes. But, there was just something about cutting into a torso that I just didn't find appealing. Plus, I wanted to make it family-friendly just in case there are any kids that show up.

So, this is my take on a 50 Shades of Grey birthday cake. 

The bottom tier is a 12" square Chocolate Fudge cake filled with a Nanaimo Bar inspired Swiss Meringue Buttercream, covered in a beautiful, rich, dark chocolate ganache, then covered again in grey fondant. The shimmer comes from giving it a little shot of Pearl Lustre Spray. (I love that stuff!)

The middle tier is obviously inspired by the Red Room and features (what else) Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream, covered in white chocolate ganache and covered with red fondant. (I used Fondx Elite, Candy Apple Red for this tier. It's expensive, but it's the best tasting red fondant I've found.) I then applied a quilting effect to the fondant.

What 50 Shades of Grey cake would be complete without some Vanilla? The top tier is a Vanilla Bean cake with a Cookie Dough Buttercream, covered in dark chocolate ganache, then topped with black fondant (also Fondx Elite - great flavour on the black as well). I then covered the whole tier in black sugar and tiny silver dragees. (Yes, I will be finding little silver balls all over my kitchen for months to come!) Suffice it to say, this tier was a messy proposition. But, I love the effect. I gave it a little shot of Pearl Lustre Spray as well.

The mask and handcuffs are made from gum paste and are decorated with silver highlighter and some silver disco dust, which makes them decoration only and not for consumption. The tie is made from fondant and brushed with a pearl petal dust. 

This was a time-consuming cake, and so heavy, but all-in-all it was probably the most fun cake I've done to date.

Happy Birthday, Stacy, as you say "Laters Baby" to another decade!