Friday, 25 March 2011

Cake Note 33: Happy Birthday, One today, lots of children coming to play, lots of fun and presents galore, who could wish for anything more' MM

And it's Happy Birthday to Sofia, who is one and she's having a party tomorrow. Usually, my cakes aren't seen by the recipient until fully complete and ready for collection, but tonight I had a little visitor. Never met Sofia before but Oh what a  little beauty she is! Her Aunty brought her to see me in case the cake was done but I was still finishing off. Anyway Sofia had a dab with the sugar paste and a dab with the lustre dust...she'll have no problems when it comes to putting on makeup!

She's a star and it was lovely to meet her...I hope she likes the finished article:) I do...I love making nursery type cakes! Especially the caterpillars...

This one is a 10 inch petal shaped cake, with a pink Madeira sponge, buttercream and jam. The top is a 6 inch plain Madeira. Instructions were ' Pink and Princessy' so I've made a Fairy Bear, with  glitter and sparkle!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Cake Note 32: " I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty" - Georgia O'Keefe on Calla Lilies

Installment number 2:)

I'm exhausted - I started the week great guns witht this single tier wedding cake for my friend's daughter. All I had to do last night was put on the sugarpaste and leave it to dry overnight before I put on my GLORIOUS Lilies. I set off at a pace at 9 o'clock and at 11 0'clock, the sugarpaste was sagging round the bottom like a mushroom and the edge at the top looked like elephant skin......It was a new (and expensive ) brand of sugarpaste....AGES I tried to smooth it and make the sides straight but in the end, at nearly MIDNIGHT  I ripped it off, chilled the cake overnight and got up at the crack of dawn, re-did the crumb coat, galloped off to the supermarket for some new (supermarket brand) fondant and by 10.30 this morning, I had a perfectly smooth cake:)

There's a moral in this tale somewhere but I am so tired I can't think of it....just yet. Here's the cake.....can't wait for the bride to see it tomorrow......her colour schem is ivory and fuschia pink, hence the fuschia ribbon and the pink tips on the lilies:)

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Cake Note 31: "When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment" Georgia O'Keefe on the Calla Lily

....and the quote gives away the clue! Calla Lilies - Arum Lilies, call them what you will. This beautiful flower is a favourite of my daughter-in-law's - they were part of her bridal bouquet and they grow outside her front door.

They are really elegant flowers and often chosen for wedding cakes......yes, I'm making a special wedding cake for a very quickly planned wedding. It will be a single tier in bridal ivory and the decorations are going to be simple Calla lilies. The bride has a fuchsia pink accent to her dress, so I've tried to 'subtley' pick it up in the Callas. I've made three, from Sugar Florist paste, and they will lie across the top of the cake, with Bear grass and fine gold wire accents. Here are the lilies, I loved making them; they have the stamp of approval from my resident expert (DIL) and to be honest, I can't wait to complete the cake and the final design:)

NOT as easy as the experts would have you believe, but very achievable as you can see, with a cardboard template and a home made flower former!! -

Would be interested in your comments!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Here's the final cake - with an inscription! I hope it gets lots of takers for the raffles - otherwise I'll look a bit dumb:(