Y’all may remember the most ravishing baby shower that I attended in Switzerland a few weeks ago for my dear friend Meriel. It was designed & made every step of the way, from letterpress invitations to pastel Fornasetti-inspired cake, by the obscenely talented Nicola Pravato of Next to Nicx.
A week later she further excelled herself by re-creating one of Meriel’s best-loved birthday cakes from her childhood for M’s daughter Lily’s 3rd birthday. Given how you all loved the baby shower, I asked Nicola if she could blog about how on earth she made this EXTRAORDINARY cake.
Take it away, Nicola:
Sasha and I have a very important mutual acquaintance. Lily recently turned three and this great achievement deserved a suitable celebration. And what is a celebration without cake? (Ed’s note: You can see why I like this girl.)
Meriel (Lily’s party planner and mother) commissioned a cake after seeing one I created for a party my husband and I held in August. Although I am somewhat perplexed as to why she’d have wanted one after seeing this cake. It was slowly melting in the sun and whilst I suppose that the melting, slowly tilting, Mad Hatters top hat shaped cake lived up to its un-birthday theme, I was quite unimpressed with it. But Meriel had faith and a promise extracted from me to create a cake (or at worst, a very nice trifle) before I’d even completed cutting the first piece.
The lovely lady M had a very specific idea of what she wanted for Liliput’s cake. It was to be a cake in the shape of a bed and needed to contain three little mice (cute ones, not the scary stand up on the chair and scream type) with room for three candles behind the pillows. Everything else she left up to me.