Shiseido 140th Anniversary

Cake for Shiseido 140th Anniversary celebration held at MCA in Sydney. Cake is white chocolate mud with dark chocolate ganache at client request – first time I have ever provided a cake tasting and it went down very well. Client requested specific PMS colour match – managed to get the colour pretty exact by requesting a sample of advertising material (they sent a marketing bag) and matching to that. Cake itself was a 50cm diameter monster of a cake. Not having an oven this large, I made this by cooking 8 individual 10 inch cakes, then stacking and carving those. If I have another of these to do I will make the cakes larger – probably 12 inch – to give myself more carving room. Lettering was done by printing out logo to the required size on edible paper, which was then placed on gumpaste and cut out – got the shape well but wasn’t the best finish in terms of crisp colour so I ended up peeling the edible paper off painstakingly. Next time I would use a very old method learnt at community college (!) where you cut templates out of plastic and cut around those. Board was a custom cut as it was 24″ (or 600mm) square – as cake boards don’t come in this size this was MDF from Bunnings. I then covered this in black vinyl myself and added feet. The vinyl was a bit difficult to work with on account of it being folded too much, pulling tightly did not sufficiently remove creases so I ironed on a medium heat with a tea-towel over the top and it came out nice and smooth.

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