Spring wedding cake

Spring has officially sprung! What could be more fabulous than a spring themed wedding cake? I have to say, for my second wedding cake I’m very proud of myself! Working from the top to the bottom, the tiers contained almond cake, lemon cake, chocolate cake and fruit cake. This cake can feed up to 134 people or 120 without the top tier. The flowers and butterflies were prepared by myself and the help of my sister in January out of modelling paste. I coloured the sweet peas to the colour of the bridesmaids dresses and kept the whole cake very dainty. Everything was cemented in place with Royal icing including the topper which was ordered from Weedots & Just Toppers based in Essex (link below). Such lovely bunting! All of the piping detail on the cake was also done with Royal icing with different sized piping nozzles. I lost a bit of sleep over delivering the cake to the venue as I thought the butterflies might flutter away during transit. Luckily, only one butterfly was sacrificed during the journey and was promptly replaced by a spare one I had made!

wedding cake

Many congratulations to Mr & Mrs Percy on their wedding and a big thank you to Pam Percy for asking me to make it!





Wedding flowers 

I’ve been making flowers all weekend out of petal paste for some wedding cakes I will be making in the next few weeks. It’s a time consuming and fiddly venture but so so rewarding. It’s also something one can do whilst burning quickly through Ally Mcbeal DVD box sets. I’m definitely in a 90’s mindset today. It’s all short skirts, Britney Spears and hair clips in this house today.

I have to say I’m a bit of a mess now, I’m covered in sugar and food dye. My hands look like I just murdered someone  but I can assure you that this is because my quest was to make purple and that came at a small cost. I’m sure my work colleagues will be asking what on earth I’ve been up to. I reckon having sugar flowers instead of real flowers in a bouquet at a wedding would work out cheaper and you could actually keep them afterwards. Alas, my mind drifts. My main point is, make flowers out of sugar, it’s very calming if you don’t flick food dye down your white t-shirt or knock edible glue everywhere. Happy Sunday everyone!

Pretty little flower basket

Last night I finished my flower icing course. I’m sad it’s over as I really enjoyed it. We learnt how to make pulled flowers, roses, leaves and how to make a basket out of petal paste. The result is really pretty and would look great on a celebration cake. I went for a citrus colour scheme to try and match the colours of the Autumn leaves outside my window. Petal paste dries out really fast, so you have work quickly and roll it out very thinly to get it to resemble anything that looks remotely like a petal. The flowers are stuck into the basket by using a big blob of Regal icing inside so that you can position and re-position the flowers and leaves until you get an arrangement you like. Petal paste is more expensive than Regal icing but I recommend a play with it if you want to make something with really thin parts.