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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Talia's Swimming Pool Cake

Talia's swimming pool cake

Talia turned 5 last week and had a pool party, so naturally she wanted a swimming pool cake, and she specifically asked for one with a slide. I sent her some ideas from flickr and the favorite was this one made by the wonderfully talented Kelly O'Brien of Glass Slipper Gourmet.

411: vanilla bean cake with vanilla buttercream and raspberry buttercream filling (my new favorite flavor!) decorations made with gumpaste and fondant

making of the swimming pool cake
9" and 8" cakes joined together, then I sliced a bit off the top of each top layer and cut out a smaller circle out of it to make the sides of the pool. Buttercream makes great glue!

making of the swimming pool cake
Ready for chilling overnight (by this point it was 2am!)

rolling out the gumpaste for the swimming pool cake
I used a parchment template to help cut out the gumpaste for the water, making it much easier to fit it onto the cake.

making of the swimming pool cake
Cake with water! I love the way the color isn't completely mixed in the gumpaste, so it looks a little more realistic.

making the beach ball for the swimming pool cake
The beach ball was a last-minute addition. I didn't have time for painted food coloring to dry, so I used powdered food coloring and petal dust for the colors.


cakeflower said...


Sarah said...

dude - love the video! pls record all your cakes - w/ more commentary!

Heather said...

This is so cute & I would love to try this for my son's b-day. Where did you find the ladder and slide?


Sara Schneider said...

Thanks, everyone! Heather - everything on the cake was made from gumpaste. The slide is supported by "poles" made out of gumpaste.

kristin said...

Love this swimming poole cake!
Just wondering what you would charge for this cake? Thanks!

Cynthia said...

Sara, I was inspired by your cake and made a great one. I used only cream instead of gum paste, but it turned out great! How can I send you the pic?

Sara Schneider said...

Cynthia - I'd love to see your swimming pool cake. Are you on facebook? The easiest thing would be to post it on the SBC page - www.facebook.com/sarabakescakes. You could also email it to me at sara at sarabakescakes dot com.