I love when I can make a cake tell a story. This one charts the educational path of Elise, a recent graduate of Raleigh Charter High School. The school has recently moved to a new location, but started out in the historic Pilot Mill in downtown Raleigh. In the fall, Elise is headed to UNC Chapel Hill. She has a classic, modern style and I wanted the cake to reflect that style.
I used this beautiful watercolor painting by Jeff Pittman as inspiration for my cake and created the buildings in this same style. The cut the shape of each building out of gum paste and hand painted the details with edible food color paints.
A yummy arboretum surrounds the back of the cake.
Elise loves monograms and Lilly Pulitzer prints, so I tried to incorporated both into the design. The flowers on the cake and the colors are a nod to the vibrant colors you find in classic Lilly prints. I tucked a tiny monogram into the seal at the top of the sign on the front of the cake.