Thursday, 5 April 2012

Buntings and owls....

I think this is one of my favourite cakes, ever! I've recently invested in some lovely new dyes and one was a baby blue which I adore! I decided to use it for my friend's cake and also incorporate some nice colour contrasts, bright pink and purple (another new dye). I spent ages designing this and I was very pleased with the outcome! I'm very aware that there's a horribly untidy gap between the icing at the bottom of the cake and the cake board. If anyone has any tips on how to avoid this, then please do comment :)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Harry Potter Cake

I made this Harry Potter cake last week for a friend's birthday. I was mad busy with other stuff so I only had around 2 hours to decorate it. 
The black bandage and colours at the top are slightly cracked and very imperfect because I was so rushed. I used the Gryffindor colours as well as making a Golden Snitch and Deathly Hallows symbols. The Golden Snitch was made with yellow fondant which I then painted gold and I cut wings out of gumpaste. With the gumpaste wings, I cut and painted them. I then left them to dry overnight on a rolling pin so that they would be slightly curved. I had made small hollows in the body of the snitch so I could insert them with sugar glue. Unfortunately, one wing snapped off in the car as we went over a pothole. I was kicking myself! If I was to ever attempt gumpaste figure like this again, I'd assemble it on site which is what a lot of intelligent bakers do! I used a LOT of gold and silver paint! Anyway, it went down brilliantly and I was pretty satisfied with my work.