Over-the-Hill Cake

My friend Mark recently celebrated a very special birthday. He is a mammalogist who works with carnivores so I thought this cake with a bear chasing him over the cliff would be appropriate. A Davis buddy helped me execute this birthday cake project.

The cake was the “perfect party cake” from Dorie Greenspan‘s Baking book. Oh, what a perfect party cake it was. The recipe is a white lemon cake, but we replaced vanilla for lemon extract and made it into a vanilla cake.  It was firm but light, easy to work with, subtle, not too sweet, and extremely delicious. We used the swiss buttercream recipe from smitten kitchen and Bonne Maman apricot preserve in between the layers. The cake was 5 layers at its highest point.

The cake was covered in marshmallow fondant and topped off with an Anakin Skywalker action figure outfitted to look like Mark, a chocolate bear that just happened to be perfectly scaled to the action figure, chocolate truffle boulders, coconut spring snow, and custom made felt trees. Pretty fun birthday cake!

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