Yellow Roses & Lace 65th Birthday Cake
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The Story behind this Cake
This cake was made for my mum's recent 65th birthday, so I got total control over the design of it. I really like yellow, I think it is a lovely summery colour and because mum's birthday is in June I thought it was the perfect colour.
I had seen many cakes use Claire Bowman's Cake Lace before so I was intrigued to use it myself. I bought a starter kit in January, but never got round to trying it out, until just last week!
I found it really easy to use, I mixed the Cake Lace as per the manufacturer's directions, and using a lace mould and scraper made my first strip. It usually takes 6-8hrs to dry naturally but you can heat it in a low oven (50-70 degrees C) for around 20 minutes, so I dried mine this way. After making a few white 'test' strips I decided to experiment with colour, so I added a little yellow food colour gel. I made three more strips in this colour.
Making the lace was quite time consuming, even by drying it in the oven, so while I was waiting I made a small selection of sugar flowers and leaves. I made petunias, small blossoms and leaves using cutters and silicone moulds. I made yellow and pink roses by rolling fondant into small balls and flattening them on one side to form the petals and then adding them one at a time until the rose was big enough.
I covered the cake and sprayed it with an edible pearl lustre and then covered the drum in a lovely pastel lemon colour. By this time my Cake Lace was dry and so I sprayed each of the yellow strips with a gold lustre and then applied it to the cake using a little sugar glue.
I cut out the wording using two different fonts of letter cutters and then applied them to the cake, again with a little bit of sugar glue. By this point my flowers had dried enough to place in a cluster on top and at the side. I secured them with royal icing and then finished off the flower centres using the same no2 nozzle.
The cake itself was a vanilla and chocolate marble cake split and filled twice with chocolate ganache, so it not only looked good but tasted delicious too! Many thanks for letting me share.
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