Breast Cancer Awareness month has always been extremely important to me. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and was diagnosed many years ago. My mother was diagnosed more recently and is also a survivor.
A few years ago, I was approached by a friend of one of my close friends to make a cake. She wanted a cake to represent breast cancer awareness for a fundraiser she was going to be putting together. I told her that I would love to make the cake free of charge. It would be a donation along with other sweet treats.
In the conversation that we had, she expressed to me that she was afraid that she may not live to see the fundraiser put together or live to see her next birthday. I knew that she was a strong woman, so I reassured her of her that she would be here.
She did make it to her birthday but was never able to carry out her plans for the fundraiser. That was four years ago. She gained her wings three years ago. The cake that she asked for me to decorate never came to fruition.
I decided that I wanted to make the cake that I never had the chance to make. The cake that I was supposed to create was one that I'm sure she found on Google or Pinterest. Although I would have been more than happy to make this cake back then, I started thinking that I wanted to do it in my own way. I figured that she would be okay with me putting my own spin on things. I decided that the cake would be a little bit more my style with a light and airy vibe to it. Representative of a more angelic place. Of course with the signature pink ribbons!
I started by stacking three layers of cake with swiss meringue buttercream between. I crumb coated the entire cake with the same buttercream. Instead of putting a final coat of icing, I left the cake "semi-naked". My style is definitely to drip the cake! So, I added pink drips to one half of the cake. On the opposite half, I put four fondant ribbons in light and dark pink. To top the cake, I added pink flowers. And the last touch was pink and gold sprinkles! Because who doesn't love sprinkles!
I hope that I was able to make an old friend proud and that my love for cake has shone through on this one!
Here's a video of the process!