Sunday, March 10, 2013

Anniversary Cake

A couple of months ago a friend of mine from church asked me to make a cake for her 20th wedding anniversary.

What an honour!

She had the awesome idea to recreate her wedding cake but modernise it, which is a totally sweet idea don't you think?

I have a bit of a fascination with old fashioned cakes and I know just how much work went into them, they didn't have a lot of the easy tools (not to mention the Internet!) to help them out back then!

Anniversary Cake

The original cake was three separate cakes, all iced in pale blue, with scripture from the Bible written on two of the cakes and grapes with vines on the last cake.

Very old-school.

I had it in my head exactly what I wanted to create. A two tiered cake, with grape vine piping on the top tier, scripture on the bottom in a kind of typography design and a bunch of grapes on top.

Easier said than done.

I racked my brain for weeks trying to come up with a way to do the writing, in the end I found a great picture of the verse on Google and tried to copy that using royal icing for the bottom tier.

Anniversary Cake

The piping was extremely hard and I'm not going to lie, there were tears involved. BUT in the end it looked good and then I got to start with the vine, my favourite part!

I was asked to make the cake wedgewood china blue which is a kind of light cornflower blue. Lucky for me the Homestore stocks every Wilton gel colour and they happened to have it. It's a very pretty colour and now I find myself wanting to use it whenever possible!

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All in all this was probably my most challenging cake to date but I'm proud of my work.

Unfortunately, due to when the cake was being picked up I had to take the photos at night time with very little equipment so the photos don't really do it justice but you can get an idea anyway!

I wonder what kind of cake I'll have for my 20th anniversary...that's a little while away yet. I'm only coming up to three this year!

6 comments :

  1. WOW!! You are so talented! I adore the cake, good job! x

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    1. Oh thank you so much Laura! Was such a hard cake, it's nice to know that the outcome was worth it!

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  2. Such an elaborate design Lydia. Not for the faint hearted, only for the patient and gifted. It looks stunning. I'm glad to hear that you're proud of your blood, sweat and the tears :)

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    1. Haha it really was blood sweat and tears (well, more like tears and arguing! :-S) but we got there in the end! So glad it looks alright, I wasn't sure how to finished cake would actually look to other people!

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  3. What a beautiful cake - I can feel the tears of frustration as I have been there!

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    1. Thanks Alison! Yes it was 'one of those cakes' haha! But worth it in the end!

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