Usually when I see a stand that I adore I try to imagine a cake that would compliment it. And usually I want the cake to be the focal point… not the stand.
Not this cake. How could I possible compete with that majestic stand?
So I piped out flowers in the richest chocolate buttercream I could fathom (posting a recipe soon!) and hoped they would hold a candle up to the intricate and flawlessly designed flowers on the cake stand.
The dark chocolate flowers are attempting to mimic the white orchid design on the cake platter- which is a signature collection of Michael Aram.
I cannot hold a candle to the stand, and thats ok! I dont mind taking a back seat to something so truly pretty.
The beauty of bring a cake baker is that I get to eat the evidence. The cake is a rich black velvet cake to contrast the bright white vanilla buttercream frosting. I loved the flavor as much as the bold design choice!
This black velvet cake is a simple adaptation of Martha Stewarts Red Velvet Cake. Soooooooo good!
Just look at those matching side plates! Its a food photographers dream.
See that layer of chocolate frosting in there? That was inspired by Michael Aram as well. I read this on his site:
Aram’s work reflects humanity through the directness of the handmade process, as each piece is lovingly made using age old traditional techniques. The artisan nature of the work imbues it with a soulful quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work, which reflects the hand of the maker.
As weird as it sounds I felt a connection to this master metalworker. He creates beauty with his hands just like I try to. It goes on to say, “As extraordinary objects, they cause us to pause and consider them, and therefore create a sense of ritual and ceremony in their day to day use.” Yes!! That is exactly what happened to me when I saw his stands… I stopped and stared and craved more of the beauty!
And I want you to experience it too.
The fabulous folks at Michael Aram have generously offered one iambaker reader a
$1000 gift card to their store.
To be entered to win simply answer this question:
What would you buy from Michael Aram?
Winner will receive gift card from $1000 that can be used online or in the Michael Aram store.
This contest is open for one week and you can enter once a day.
For additional entires: (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry)
Follow Michael Aram on Facebook.
Follow Michael Aram on Pinterest.
If you are already following him there, just leave a comment saying so. (That is two additional entries, for a total of three entries per day!)
Official Rules here!
I received cake stands (which is basically the equivalent of gold-you’ve seen my prop closet right?) at no charge and expressed a truthful opinion about their awesomeness. I was not compensated for my opinions.
The winner is: Linda K.
“I followed Michael Aram on Pinterest.”
Sent you an email Linda!