That aside, it was really enjoyable planning the cake. My SIL (sister in-law) had some fabulous ideas for the theme (some of which I used for my daughter's 2nd birthday) of the wedding so that made my job very easy. She also had some ideas for the type of cake she wanted and supplied me with lots of pictures to sketch some sample cake decorations for her. The main colour for the wedding was Pink and she liked a cake scattered with daisy that she saw.
|These are some sample of string garlands that I piped for her to choose from. It was done on an old ice cream container! : )|
|The sketch for the cake with ideas for each tier.|
I was going for fushia with the daisies using Wilton's gel paste Rose colour with a little bit of Burgundy but for some reason the daisies looked a little more red than fushia. Sigh. It became a case of if the flowers were seen under a white light, it was fushia but under yellow light it looked more red. After they were put onto the cake they looked right at home though.
The ribbon in the 2nd tier had to be redone because it was too thin the first time around. It looked better the second time but I have to learn how to put it perfectly straight. There were some parts of the ribbon that were wavy even though we had 2 pairs of eyes and hands placing it around the cake! My sister was a big help with the decoration and became a pro at making the pearl borders as she was quicker and better at making them herself than with me helping. After a few tries, she managed to get those borders nice, fat and round whereas mine had some slightly misshaped ones and they tended to break from the 'string'. The borders do a lot to complete the cake and they are great for hiding untidy bottoms. Hee hee.
|Here's my sister the pro at making pearl borders.|
|See those cute cartoony eyes? Spot on!|
Day T-2 saw me spend 9 hours baking 5 cakes. It was sooooo hot. It was over 30C outside and the oven was almost constantly going in the kitchen. It was at this point that I said that I would be quite happy not baking for a few months after that!
Then on Day T-1 it was all about decorating. I started late, sometime in mid-afternoon as I wanted to join my sis and mother for a mani pedi. : ) I am glad I did that, it seemed to re-energise me. Even then I spent another 9 hours decorating into the wee hours. My sister and brother were kind enough to stay up with me.
|Adding the finishing touches to the border.|
|The royal icing piped garlands - I love how they turned out.|
|The completed cake.|