TRENDING : Pineapples

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….Pineapple Cake  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com

 

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).

Pineapple Cake  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com

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.

Pineapple Cake  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com

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!

Pineapple Cake  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com

Pineapple Cake  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com

As the finishing touch, the cake is displayed on our 12″ white porcelain cake stand, available on our website, here.

Pineapple Cake  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com

Pineapple Cake  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com

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.

VENDORS & CREDITS
Cake : Erica OBrien Cake Design
Inspirational Pin #1 : Brass Pineapples
Inspirational Pin #2 : Pineapple Wallpaper
Inspirational Pin #3 : Pineapple Print

Erica OBrien , CONTRIBUTOR

Erica OBrien has been a cake designer (and avid cake stand collector) for almost twenty years. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two spunky daughters. Read more about Erica on her bio page.

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Comments

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    april says

    Love the “trending” theme. Appreciate the look into the creative process. Inspired to mold pineapple skin.

    Thanks

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