2 parties, 2 cakes: Part 1

This year my sister’s Goddaughter was turning 3 and she was have not one, but two, birthday parties. 2 parties = 2 themes = 2 cake’s. The first was a gymnastic party. Looking through pinterest with Rom’s mum we found a two tiered sparkly gold cake – We decided I would give this a go, on top I modeled a girl in a gymnastic pose. Each tier consisted of 3 layers. The bottom tier was chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream. The second tier was vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and jam. After googling how to make the bottom tier  gold I set about sourcing sugar confetti. This alone was a nightmare, every website seemed to have ‘supply issues’. I picked up a couple of dr Oetker gold spray cans and a pot of edible glitter. After I stuck the confetti in place with butter cream, I sprayed it once, twice, a million times. I then painted over the now semi-gold confetti with the edible glitter (mixed with vanilla essence to make a paste). The top layer was slightly easier. I used a star stamp to make the decorations and i attached long band of royal icing to the sides. One mistake I made was attaching the bow before I got to the party venue. The bow slipped and cracked in transit. Que a frantic attempt to salvage it…I did, just! The girl on top also suffered a broken arm getting to the venue – nothing a bit of water and a cocktail stick couldn’t sort. Safe to say I learnt a fair bit from making this cake.

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Present Cake

For my mums 60th last May, my sister and I planned a surprise day trip for her. The day started with afternoon tea at mine. To say my mum loves cake is an understatement! So this birthday cake had to be big enough to last the weekend!! I wanted to try something different and whilst I sat flicking through some cake books, I came across a present cake. The top tier had an edible ribbon. To make the ribbon I needed 15 strands of icing, all varying thickness. I left them overnight bent over a wooden spoon to create the shape. Once the icing had died out and was stable, I was able to arrange the strands and secure them using water. Both tiers were made to look like wrapping paper, I tried to use my mum’s favorite colours. A bright ribbon around the bottom just finished the cake off and brought all of the colours together.12277304_10153307335403367_581493548_n12305957_10153307335393367_1577395240_n

The first wedding cake

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So, this is my first ever wedding cake. A 4 tier naked cake. The bottom tier sponge was a standard Victoria sponge, next we had a fresh strawberry, whipped cream and honey combo. Followed by a lemon sponge with lemon buttercream, and topped off with a vanilla sponge and elderflower butter cream. The couple wanted a simple cake, to fit the outdoor, natural theme of their wedding. I was a guest at the wedding which meant I missed out on nibbles and fizz as I was putting the cake together – but that was fine, I had a big glass of something tasty when I finished. Putting the cake together only took about 45minutes – I used cocktail sticks and wire to hold the fruit in place. I used a combination of real and fake flowers. I had crystallized some edible flowers however a hot august afternoon meant they were a sticky wilting mess. Thankfully I had my back up fake flowers. The purple roses you can see were on the bride’s christening cake, the horseshoe on the topper was from the groom’s parents wedding. The euro is a good luck symbol and the cork toppers were a nice alternative – one cork was from the couple’s 7th anniversary and the other from the night of their engagement. 12313806_10154352896049027_7944899118817132248_n

Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers

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The brief for this cake was ‘something pretty with flowers, without looking like it’s for an old lady’. I think I did alright here?! cookie cutters and stamps are a life saver. Anyone who says they make all of their own flowers and leaves is probably fibbing to some extent. The three roses were hand crafted (tutorial to follow). Some of the flowers were left to set in an egg box, to give them the 3D effect which I think worked really well. You can’t see from this picture but the 70 was brushed with an edible glitter as were some of the green leaves. The sponge was a 3 layer Victoria sponge.

Hummm…CAKE

Because there aren’t enough cake blogs already, I thought I would do my own! It is very much a ‘work in progress’. I will post new recipes I have tried and tested, along with pictures and info on the cakes and sugar craft  I make. I plan to have sugar craft tutorials on here at some point, so watch this space!