My latest challenge was designing a tea party cake. I made a light vanilla sponge and smothered it in rich vanilla buttercream. I put a base layer of icing on the cake before ‘throwing’ the tablecloth on so that the table had a smooth surface. I cut out a big circle of icing (~10 inches diameter for a 8 inch cake) and draped it over carefully, the folds naturally appeared which was rather lucky. I let the icing dry for hours before gluing on the iced tea set so I didn’t make fingerprints and imperfections. I never realised how important cocktail sticks were until I started icing cakes, they are just so handy to poke tiny objects into position. I also learnt that piping mistakes onto dried icing at 2 in the morning is okay because it just wipes off! The tea set was constructed with lightly coloured Regal icing and bits of wire. I stuck everything down with Royal icing which is essentially cake cement and is now my answer to every cake problem.
A big thank you to Jane for challenging me to such a cute cake idea. What will the next cake challenge be? Dum dum dummmmmmmmmmm….