home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Fab at Forty

I think it's fair to say that a 40th birthday party deserves a good cake. I made this one for a party in the beautiful Reading Room, upstairs in The Grange, which is a lovely pub overlooking Ealing Common.

The birthday girl had attended one of my cupcake decorating classes just before Christmas, and I was delighted when she got in touch with her cake request. The design features a hand crafted model of Victoria in her party dress, along with a few of her favourite things, including her prized scooter.

The scooter would have been tricky had I not previously made a Vespa and picked up a few tricks along the way. There are several cocktails sticks invoved in its construction, but it felt quite sturdy in the end.
I wasn't sure I could manage high heels without an appropriate tool, so bought the small JEM cutter and mould set from Cake Craft World. This was fiddly but only actually took a couple of attempts to master. Plenty of lustre dust was required to extract the heels form the mould!

I love the striking purple lace on this cake, and I have only used half of what I bought, so expect to see it again.

Happy birthday Victoria!