Cake decorating day

24 07 2009

A few months ago, I had some friends over for ‘Cake Decorating Day’.  The three friends that came are also fairly crafty people, but none of them had tried cake decorating before.  The idea was to get them over for a day during our holidays and teach them the basics of cake decorating. I wanted them to be able to walk away from the day with a couple of flowers and a finished cake.

We made cakes, but we also made a mess!

We made cakes, but we also made a mess!

The day was really enjoyable. We ate lots, gossiped, made a mess and had a great time.  The agenda for the day was to make a rose, a lilly and to cover a cake. We did the flowers first so they could dry a little before we coloured them.

My students' roses

My students' roses

My friends didn’t like frilling the petals of the roses much, they found it quite difficult! However you can see from the picture that the least-frilled petals just create a different look for the flower; they don’t necessarily look ‘bad’.

My lilly

My lilly

The flowers were great to make – a few fairly simply shapes and some wire, but when they are coloured and put together they look quite impressive!

One of my friends' lilly

One of my friends' lilly

I’d had a few things ready for everyone on the day too. I had made some rose cones, so we could attach our petals to it when it was dried, and I had the cakes all made so that all we had to do was cover them. I’d bough the cake boards and icing and equipment too.

Another friends' lilly

Another friends' lilly

The cakes I’d made just in a small tuna tin (washed out, of course), which was a perfect size for to learn to cover. Not too big, so it wasn’t too difficult and didn’t use lots of icing, but not too small that it was too fiddly either.

My friends cakes... I was so proud of them!

My friends cakes... I was so proud of them!

The finished cakes my friends produced were really impressive! There were a few tears in the icing and a few lumps and bumps but for a days crash course they managed to pull off some great looking cakes!

I was really touched the following week too when my friends gave me a gift voucher for a beauty treatment as a thank you too! I got all my payment though by seeing them have a great day and accomplish something new!

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My first wedding cake

22 07 2009

One of the many crafts I’ve been interested in has been cake decorating. At least with cake decorating I don’t leave a project half finished! After having done a year’s worth of community college courses, I was asked by one of my good friends to do their wedding cake.

It was an honour. But it was also terrifying! My ideas are always ‘big’ too! Bigger than my skillset, bigger than the time I have available, and bigger than my budget!

Her theme was purple and green, and she wanted a cupcake tower. She also liked the ‘vertical sausage rolls’ on the top cake. Other than that, I was pretty much able to do what I wanted!

7 full days of long evenings after work were spent making the cakes and decorating them, and that doesn’t include the 3 months of weekends spent making flowers and colouring them!

I was so happy with the finished product! I did have a rather nervous time at the wedding though, hoping that no one would knock over my rather precarious stand (baked bean tins covered in calico with cake board balanced on top), and that the 40 degree celsius heat wouldn’t melt the chocolate ganache under the fondant too much (it did, but only a little)!

Anyone for a cupcake?

Anyone for a cupcake?

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The top cake (those flowers took forever!)

The top cake (those flowers took forever!)

Voila! The finished thing!

Voila! The finished thing!