Recently, I was asked to make a cake for twins. The boy wanted spiderman and the girl wanted a princess theme. I decided to make one cake and decorate each side to represent the different themes.
The little girl did not have a favorite princess, but did love crowns so I made a large crown out of gumpaste and painted it silver. I also created a silver '3' and a cinderella shoe. The bottom tier was supposed to be pink and silver stripes, but at the last minute I had to change the design to hide some issues with the fondant.
I created a spiderman character to sit on the boy's side of the cake, but spiderman had other ideas. He did not want to set up and my 'glue' was not holding. The only thing I can figure is it was because of the change in the weather. The temperature had dropped over 20 degrees...it was cold and humid from rain. In the end, I had to leave spiderman off the cake and redesign the middle tier. I would have liked to have added webs to make it look more like spiderman's face, but I was running out of time and couldn't risk the chance of messing up.
It was extremely difficult covering each side of the cake a different color. I thought about covering the cake in white and painting the colors on, but when I did a test sample with a paintbrush, it looked too streaky. If I were to ever do a cake like this again, I would airbrush the colors on.
I was pleased with the end result and was even more pleased when the cake was safely delivered.