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Say It With… Cheese!

I just love it when I get requests for quirky cakes. Sometimes the best cake ideas come from the people who ask for my cakes; I am merely thy humble executor. For example, this week a cake request came in for a cheese and fruit cake lover on Valentine’s Day. So what better way is there than to say it with… cheese!

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This cheeseboard cake is made from a classic fruit cake baked in two 8″ square tins. I cut the square cakes into 8×4 halves, then cut each of the halves diagonally into triangular wedges, which I then rearranged, stacked, trimmed and ‘glued’ together with apricot jam to form a thick ‘wedge’.

Before covering with golden yellow fondant, I used a melon baller to scoop balls of cakes from the sides and tops of the wedge for the ‘holes’ in the cheese, then brushed the whole cake with apricot jam. A rounded implement like a ball tool or the rounded end of a wooden spoon will help to mold the fondant into the ‘holes’.

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What cheeseboard will be complete without crackers? These crackers are made with beige gumpaste cut out with a small square fluted cookie cutter, a needle tool and a light dusting of brown petal dust on the edges for a toasted look.

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The lady who requested this cake granted me the freedom to put my own spin on things, so I also made some fondant strawberries and pimento-stuffed green olives. The olives, upon drying, rolled EVERYWHERE. They, and the berries, also looked quite matte and lifeless, so I added some gloss with light corn syrup mixed with an equal amount of clear lemon extract, a concoction which dries with slight tackiness, proving extremely useful in reigning in these philandering olives.

One rogue olive, nonetheless, still managed to slip away from the brigade, oopsie.

3 comments on “Say It With… Cheese!

  1. Janine
    February 19, 2014

    Omgosh, this looks amazing! Haha love it

  2. danayong
    February 19, 2014

    Thank you, Janine! This was very fun to make! 🙂

  3. radhika25
    February 23, 2014

    That looks amazing Dana 🙂

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