Plumeria Cake

The recipient of this cake loves plumerias, according to her daughter, who wanted a "classy and beautiful" cake for her mama. Funnily enough, my own mother adores the sweet-smelling tropical blooms, too. (I would love to make a version of this cake for her, but she lives many time-zones away!) 

In South Africa (my homeland), we call them "frangipane" instead of plumeria. But in the US, frangipane is an almond paste used in tarts. So it gets confusing... I will just call them plumerias from now on!

For the birthday cake, went with a pale turquoise, white, and yellow color scheme -- I think that turquoise goes so beautifully with the yellow-centered sugar plumerias, don't you? I made the flowers from gumpaste and dusted them in the center with canary yellow petal dust. The gumpaste birthday message on the front was painted with pearl luster. Inside, layers of moist white cake were filled with strawberries and cream, and frosted with vanilla buttercream. Tastes just like strawberry shortcake, in cake form!