This tutorial is going to focus a little more on the decorating than the actual construction of the cake, but I will still give you my tips and tricks on stacking and covering cakes. Let's get started!
Step 1: Supplies
Two 8" round cakes
Two 6" round cakes (or your chosen cake sizes)
6 cups buttercream
5 lbs fondant (I used satin ice, but any brand will work, or even homemade)
Pastry wheel/fondant cutter
Food colors in whatever color scheme you are going with for your flowers
Vodka (for mixing paints)
Black food writer
Paint brushes (regular paint brushes are fine but just make sure you designate them for food only)
#1 or #2 tip
Hollow plastic dowels
1 wooden dowel
14" sturdy round cake board
10", 8", 6" round cake boards
For this cake an airbrush is completely optional, I just used it to add a little bit of shine, but if you don't have one it will still turn out just as great
Step 2: Reference Pictures and Sketch
For this cake I wanted to keep it simple with roses, tulips, peonies, and anemones, but you can use any flowers, in any combination, the possibilities are endless. For my background color I decided I wanted to do a blue and yellow ombré because my flowers were pinks and purples.
Step 3: Assembling the Cakes
I always start by leveling off the tops of my cakes so I can have the most even surface to work with. When I'm covering cakes in fondant I usually just use a thin layer of frosting to prevent air bubbles. I roll my fondant out to about 1/8" thickness and use the rolling pin to help me get it on the cake. Next I take a fondant smoother and slowly work my way around the cake until it's smooth all the way around.
For support I use cardboard under each cake and hollow plastic dowels, such as a Wilton brand. I usually use four per cake layer, and one sharpened wooden dowel through the whole cake once it's assembled. The last step before moving on is to take some white royal icing and pipe a pearl boarder around each layer. This step is optional but I think it just helps to make the cake come together and look a little more finished.
Step 4: Drawing the Flowers
Step 5: Painting the Flowers and Background
You'll want to start with the flowers, I just started with one color for each flower and then lightened it as I went so I had several different shades. The background took a little trail and error, but if your doing a solid color background it's a little easier. I basically just decided what shade of blue I wanted to start with and what shade of yellow I wanted to end with and then painted in sections adding a little white each time and eventually adding some yellow to transition it seamlessly. If it doesn't look perfect of your colors don't blend together perfectly it's okay because once you add the lines for the glass it will look a lot better.
Step 6: Outline the Flowers and Glass
I really hope you liked this tutorial or found it helpful in one way or another. Enjoy!