Our contributor, Erica OBrien, owner of Erica OBrien Cake Design, is back for her next post in our new series called Trending. Erica is helping us translate today’s top trends in fashion, design, art and everyday life into fabulous cake designs. Watch each month as she goes from inspiration on pinterest to cake concept and then the final cake design. With this insider look into her creative process, we hope you’ll start to see inspiration everywhere in world around you. Today we’re talking pineapples! Join Erica as she explores Pineapple Three Ways….
I have a not-so-secret fascination with the concept of food as trend. Who decides that lemons are hot one year and peaches the next? It seems that pineapples are everywhere right now, and I’m loving it (albeit quite bemused by it).
I’m sort of a foodie, and a big fan of Top Chef. I love when the chefs create dishes featuring one food in three different ways (e.g. carrots that are candied, pickled, and shaved), and since the design for this cake was a food item, I wanted to incorporate three different techniques.
The top and bottom tier are covered in a fondant pineapple texture we made from a mold using real pineapple and food-grade silicone. The center tier features hand cut and appliqued gumpaste cutouts. Lastly, we used wafer paper leaves around the top edge of the bottom tier. Pineapple three ways!
Follow along as I gather design inspiration for upcoming posts, on my Pinterest board. You’ll also spot additional images of inspiration for today’s post.