Saturday, 21 July 2012

Sewing machine cake

I was asked to make a vintage sewing machine cake with the colour theme of black, gold and red. In order to personalise it the name Jeanette was written in place of Singer and DLW was placed in the dial where S would normally be. I had fun making all the little details for this cake; the buttons painted with glittery gold and red (all edible), the gold sparkly letters, dial and writing and the cotton reel on the top with a strawberry lace as thread. The needle was made from a cocktail stick dipped in edible silver paint.
This cake was very difficult to ice due to it's shape around the cut-out section. It had to be done in 2 stages and was then very awkward to smooth on the inside. I feel that the gold really stands out against the black but the downside of using gold glitter is that once it touches icing it is very difficult to wipe off! So care had to be taken to ensure that things are placed in the right location first time round - which wasn't always the case unfortunately.
The cake was cut from a 12" square and ended up about 10" x 12" in size. It was a vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and jam....yummy!

Princess Peppa Pig

This cake was more involved than the other two Peppa Pig cakes due to the crown and the wings. The cake started off as a 12" square and I was able to cut it to obtain all the sections you can see here. In future I would use a 16" square board instead of the 14" I used, in order to give myself a bit more space for laying out the cake.
I have used the 'official' picture of Princess Peppa as my template but varied it by changing the background to a pale blue in order to allow the pink to stand out more. I was also requested to make it glittery and so as you can see there is a lot of shine/sparkle to this cake. The sponge is lemon with a lemon buttercream.