Vibrant Pinwheel Cake

Have you noticed?  Paper pinwheels are everywhere!  From party decor to photo backdrops and DIY’s, these accordion-like spirals are around every turn.  And well, we just can’t seem to get enough.  So it’s only fitting that this trend makes its way into the cake world.  And that’s exactly what we have in store for today.  Only these pinwheels aren’t paper… they’re gumpaste!

Tânia Sérgio, cake designer and co-owner of T Bakes in Portugal, created today’s featured cake for a local festival.  Whimsical pinwheels of all sizes, some big and some small, pack a mighty punch of charm.  While vibrant hues like orange, lime and yellow contrast with deep, rich blues and purple.  Creating a kaleidoscope of color that really pops on white fondant.  It’s fresh, modern and utterly fun all at the same time.  Let’s take a look at this bold and beautiful Pinwheel Cake!

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Tânia of T Bakes gives us the scoop on her design:

“I’m excited to share this fun and fresh summer cake with you, that I created for a special summer festivity in my home town of Oporto, Portugal.

This design was inspired by the Saint John’s festivities in Oporto.  The celebrations bring together religious and pagan traditions, the streets are flooded with people armed with the popular plastic hammers and the happy battles last until morning!  During the festivities the city is filled with multicolored paper flags and pinwheels, and the night sky lights up with colorful fireworks and thousands of colored paper lanterns.”

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Tânia of T Bakes gives shares her techniques:

“I believe the color palette makes this a perfect cake for any fun summer event.  Using a simple technique to make gumpaste pinwheels and covering the whole cake in white fondant really lets the bold colors shine, while still keeping the design clean and sophisticated.”

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A big thank you to Tânia of T Bakes for sharing her vibrant Pinwheel Cake with us today.    It is seriously fabulous and just over-the-top fun!

Cake:  T Bakes

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    D.J. says

    wow! I didn’t expect it to say “gumpaste pinwheels”, I thought for sure they must have been made from edible rice paper… though I don’t know if it can be done without the rice paper melting after adding colors… hmmmm… think I need to do a bit of experimenting!

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    such a fun and vibrant cake – awesome job tania! like DJ above, i was wondering what the pinwheels were made of until i read gumpaste – they truly look like they’re made with craft paper! thanks for sharing!

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    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. You are right, pinwheels are everywhere and it is easy to see why. They are bright and vibrant….simple yet make such a statement. This cake is amazing…I love it!

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