I offered to make a cake for a friend’s mum’s 70th birthday. She gave me pretty much free reign with the design but I felt that a simple floral arrangement would be appropriate – plus I wanted an excuse to practise my flowers.
The top tier is a boiled fruit cake recipe that has been handed down from my grandmother. The bottom tier is a simple vanilla cake.
I followed Kara Andretta’s sugar rose tutorial on YouTube to make the rose. I re-used the buds from my floral wreath but dusted them a peach colour. The Ivy was new but the daisies were also from the wreath.
This one kind of got away from me a bit! I offered to make a cake for a friend’s daughter’s second birthday. She gave me the theme “Frozen”, so I had a think about conveying that theme without resorting to the cliches.
I wanted to do the modern scrunched ruffles in a diagonal up the cake, but I just couldn’t get them to hold their shape properly in the time I was willing to spend on it. So I went with the more traditional straight ruffles and am glad in the end, as I think the scrunched ruffles would have been too bulky.
For the “ice”, I made some forms out of tin foil and melted Glacier mints in them. I then swirled blue colouring in the melted sugar and once it was hardened I broke the pieces up into different sizes of shards.
Not neccesarily the most toddler-ific cake design, but she liked it and I loved the effect.
For Andrew’s birthday he requested a cake to take into the office, and one for at home. I’d just been to a workshop on how to use tempered chocolate, so I decided to put my new knowledge to use and made some flowers out of tempered white chocolate. The large cake for the office was a 12″ vanilla cake, made as a practise for the wedding cake I have coming up. Little cake was a 4″ strawberry cake. Both covered with dark chocolate ganache.
A chance to practice my sugar flowers. This time using gumpaste and individually wired petals for the lillies and hydrangea. The roses were left over from a previous cake. Almond rose cake with raspberry curd filling.