Apollina Spoto is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and a novice baker who started making cakes to satisfy her cravings for the latest runway fashions. She interprets designer dresses into cakes for her blog Apollinas, and we asked her to whip up unique confections for us. By fusing her love of sweets and style, she has her fashion and eats it too!
When I saw this “Lucia” dress from Stella McCartney’s fall 2011 collection, I fell in love. And I wasn’t the only one. Everyone from Kate Winslet to Gisele Bundchen was seen in this dress and I wanted a piece…of cake that is.
Cake photography by Sebastian Marin
I satisfied my couture craving by making two cakes. One (on the left) is four layers of dark chocolate cake covered in ganache and cocoa powder and the other (at right) is a two-tier cake with vanilla buttercream, caramel frosting, and white chocolate appliqués.
The chocolate cake was deliciously rich, thanks to the dark cup of coffee I poured into the batter, and I used my favorite chocolate buttercream recipe for the layers. The design was a bit of trick: I used a sifter and a hair dryer on the cool setting to cover the side of the cake (as well as my kitchen) with cocoa powder.
The white Lucia cake was equally delicious and presented its own challenges. The white chocolate dots were easy to make in candy molds but the caramel frosting was difficult to work with. I should have expected that from the deliciously sticky stuff.
So, I wound up getting a taste of Stella McCartney’s Lucia dresses after all. And by the time I was finished making these cakes, I got to wear them too!