Hat Box Cake

The last cake of 2103 was for a friend whose birthday falls just after Christmas.  I was given free rein on the design and took the opportunity to try working with edible printed sugar sheets.

Black & White Hat Box Cake with Roses & PearlsThe cake was a four tier vanilla Madeira cake, layered with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream.  The entire thing was covered with white fondant then cut panels of pre-printed edible sugar sheets applied.  I really liked the effect, and how easy they were to work with.  It would have looked even better if I’d done a more proficient job of levelling the top of the cake.

Hat Box Cake Lid & BowLustred fondant pearls and Belgian chocolate roses.  Don’t be too impressed by the roses – they’re bought white chocolate ones – all I did was tint and lustre them!

Ribbon & Gift TagStrawberry flavoured modelling chocolate was used for the bow, ribbon and tag.  This time I worked out that the modelling chocolate could be worked a lot thinner that I’d previously realised.

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I thought the Champagne bottle shaped candles added a lovely finishing touch to this cake.

The femininity and elegance of it made me want to wear a pretty hat and a floaty dress…I enjoyed doing it so much…it really was a pleasure.

You can see how my technique had improved too…the sides of the cake were much straighter and neater than the ones from earlier in the year.  A lot of improvement still to make though.

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Downton Abbey Cakes

Mum, Big Sis and I all like ourselves a bit of Downton Abbey.  We’re also quite partial to a sweet treat or two.  Seemed pretty obvious to me that combining the two things would be a good plan, so I came up with these cupcakes for us to eat whilst watching the carryings on of the Granthams.

Downton cupcakes for teaLight sponge cakes, flavoured with Champagne and just a hint of lemon, topped with raspberry Chambord frosting and finished with hand crafted fondant roses, daisies and pearls.  This was my first go at doing roses using cutters, rather than the ribbon method used previously.

Once there was a quilted one...The designs were inspired by the many (far better) examples, of elegant, vintage style cupcakes that can be seen across the internet.  I liked the effect of the quilted one (my first go at quilting) but it didn’t make the final selection, instead getting taste-tested into oblivion by Barn and Petit Man.

The final selectionThis was the final selection, consumed with Earl Grey tea and great company.

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