another ombre and labor of love

May 20

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Last year my husband and I shared our anniversary with the occurrence of a rare solar eclipse.  This year wasn’t as eventful, but I still make a purple cake!

Every year I try to make a purple cake since it was our wedding color.  Making cakes are soooo not my forte and I commend all of those hard-working bakers and pastry chefs that can churn out those cakes!  Which is why I try to use edible decorations that are time savers and can cover up any blemishes that this novice cake decorator can leave while frosting a cake.  Last year I opted to color some fine coconut flakes various shades of purple.  My Purple Ombre Coconut Cake turned out great!  I know that the ombre effect is slowly losing its appeal, but I still love the gradual gradient of color.  Therefore, I decided to do another purple ombre cake this year.

Can I say again how much time it takes to make and decorate a cake!  I originally wanted to do those pretty fondant ribbon cakes, but . . . by the way, do you know how much time it takes to make a cake!  With the kids’ sport activities, major project at work, etc. I decided once again to go an easier route.  With my recent obsession with royal icing, I decided to make rosettes.  I piped three different shades of purple rosettes after dinner on three separate evenings.  I have to say this is such a time saver!  You can store them in mason/canning jars and they will seemingly last forever.

I made a Meyer Lemon cake, and just in case it wasn’t “lemony” enough I made Meyer Lemon buttercream–I needed to use up the last of my Meyer Lemons on my tree!

I’ll be quite honest–the cake wasn’t very good and I should have made my usual lemon cake recipe.  I have a feeling it was because I over mixed the batter when I added the purple gel food coloring.  In any case, it was still beautiful to photograph and this post I’ve decided will be the second of photos only post!  PERFECT!

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Although it wasn’t as tasty as I had hoped, I know that my hubby appreciates the thought and the labor of love that went into this cake.  I love my hubby dearly and appreciate all of his support with my baking and blogging adventures–here’s to another year with my high school sweetheart!

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