Archive | April, 2012

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26 Apr

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Tea for Two

26 Apr

This is the Golden Wedding Anniversary cake that I made for Rod and Sheila last week.  Avid readers (or, more likely, reader!) will recognise the teapot cake, as it has the same design as one I made previously.  This cake was made for a raffle prize last year and i was really pleased to hear that the winners of that cake wanted the same design for their Golden Wedding celebrations this year.  The design was extended with the addition of the co-ordinating teacups, hence the ‘Tea for Two’ title.  The cake drum was iced in a pale gold/caramel colour and painted in gold with the initials ‘R’ and ‘S’ in a random and interlinked design not only to create the impression of a tablecloth perhaps, but also to be personal to Rod and Sheila.  Despite the cake being relatively small itself, I think that the addition of the teacups and the necessary footprint of the cake drum really gives this design a big impact befitting a large celebration.  

The teacups were made from sugarpaste strengthened with CMC.  This was rolled and cut out using a template.  The edges were then glued together and supported whilst they dried into shape.  The shape of the saucers was achieved by drying circles of the strengthened sugarpaste on saucers to ensure the edges had the required lift to them.  Due to my time consuming and frustrated attempts to make the teacup template, I had to call in help from the more mathematically minded Chief Tester in the household to finish (read, do) the job.  I’d like to think I’d have achieved success if I’d known where the pair of compasses were, but I’m not so sure that’s true.

As Rod and Sheila were celebrating with more people than they had portions for, I was also asked to make 90 daffodil cupcakes for their guests, supplied in gold cases of course.

I was slightly nervous about this commission – mainly due to the fiddly nature of the teacups and wanting to achieve the best and most realistic finish I could.  I must be my own biggest critic but I am really proud of the final cake, and hope that Rod and Sheila were able to successfully remove the teacups so that they have a lasting souvenir of their special day.

Congratulations Rod and Sheila on your Golden Wedding.

Ninety plus cupcakes in pods ready to be delivered…





Steam Train Birthday Cake

19 Apr

This is the birthday cake that I made for my grandad’s 90th birthday party last week.  He is a big steam train fan so this was where the idea came from.  It is a similar design to the Thomas the Tank Engine cake that I made previously, but I tried to make it appear more ‘grown up (though the train did still end up blue!)’.  

The cake is made from an 8″ round madeira which I cut in half vertically, and then put both halves on their side to create a hill/tunnel effect.  This simple idea could easily be up or down-sized, and a sugar model of a toy train is also lovely on a Christening cake in pastel or primary colours.  If you wanted to make something like this at home you could also substitute a plastic model train.  

Happy Birthday Grandad!

Wigan Warriors Birthday Cake

17 Apr

This is a birthday cake order that I had last week.  I was asked to recreate this cake for Karl’s fortieth birthday, together with some cupcakes for his party.  The cupcakes were vanilla flavour and topped with grass effect buttercream and sugarpaste rugby balls and gold trophies.  I delivered and set up the cakes myself and was really pleased with the final display and had some great feedback after the party on my Facebook page.


Many Happy Returns Karl!

Gerbera Anniversary Cake

3 Apr

I thought it was time to post up another cake!  This is an anniversary cake that I did recently.  It was for a ten year anniversary and the brief was orange gerberas, so this is what I came up with.  I believe that the gerberas were a nod back to the wedding flowers, but I might be wrong.

It is an 8″ lemon drizzle cake, layered with lemon buttercream and lemon curd.  To get the best flavour I used organic, unwaxed lemons for the zest, and my favourite lemon curd – Wilkin and Sons Ltd (Tiptree).  I am surprised that more people don’t opt for lemon cake as it is totally delicious, very tasty but typically not as rich as chocolate.  We really enjoyed the cut-offs!

I painted the cake drum/board silver as to reflect the ten year anniversary theme of tin.

Congratulations Zoe and Richard.