piece of cake!

I have been making and decorating cakes almost as long as I remember, but most particularly since I decorated my sister’s wedding cake (30 years ago this year!). My kitchen is not suitable for a cake-making business – too small and no suitable storage – but I like to make them for friends and family, and well they are craft of a sort.

This weekend is Mark’s mum and dad’s golden wedding anniversary, so I made a cake for the party. A little under-stated number with just a hint of gold lustre spray, edible gold leaf and an icing flower or two…

congratulations on 50 golden years!
congratulations on 50 golden years!
edible gold leaf on icing butterfly
edible gold leaf on icing butterfly
gilded butterfly
gilded butterfly
golden 50
golden 50

As I have cake on my mind (and edible glitter everywhere!) I thought I would pick a few favourites from the hundreds of cakes I have made over the years to share with you.

 

a gallery of cakes

I made this one for my colleague’s dad’s birthday – it’s made of sponge cake covered with fondant icing, with marzipan head and hands.

Stan
Stan
Stan
Stan

 

Nemo for our old receptionist’s grand daughter – nobody wanted to cut this one.

Nemo
Nemo

..and he looked so cute peeping out of the cake box!

Pleeeeease don't eat me!
Pleeeeease don’t eat me!

 

My ‘speciality’ is modelling people from sponge cake – these two are old work colleagues.

Mr V
Mr V
boss's 50th
boss’s 50th

 

Sometimes I paint straight on to fondant icing with food colouring:

leaving to have a baby cake
leaving to have a baby cake
Queen's jubilee
Queen’s jubilee
dog cake
dog cake

 

Sometimes I model in marzipan, which I then paint with food colouring:

Tigger
Tigger
piglet and pooh
piglet and pooh

 

I sometimes make wedding cakes – plenty of icing roses and I model the bride and groom from paper (not edible paper as it dissolves too easily)

rose wedding cake
rose wedding cake
Nicki's top tier
Nicki’s top tier

 

This one was for a fellow quilter.

quilting cake
quilting cake

 

The penguin slide is my most requested Christmas cake design:

penguin slide
penguin slide

 

You can’t go wrong with a few icing flowers.

Anne's 70th
Anne’s 70th

 

Finally I sometimes make cupcakes too – these spaghetti and meatballs (ferrero rocher chocolates in strawberry jam with grated white chocolate) were for comic relief.

spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes
spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes

and these garden cupcakes were for my brother in law’s birthday a few years’ back.

garden cup cakes
garden cup cakes

I think I should stop now; after all too much cake is not good for you!

 

 

6 thoughts on “piece of cake!

  1. Irene July 28, 2013 / 10:05

    They are just gorgeous – and of course it’s craft. Actually I think they are works of art, it’s really a shame to eat them!

    • deereyme July 28, 2013 / 10:46

      Thanks – I like that cakes only live in the memory

  2. Annika July 28, 2013 / 10:38

    Does anyone dare to eat these beautiful cakes?? I am sure I wouldn’t! Sue, you are amazing and I agree with Irene, your cakes are works of art. Hugs from me and Zoya

    • deereyme July 28, 2013 / 10:47

      Thanks Annika – sometimes people do put off cutting them

  3. knitsofacto July 29, 2013 / 15:21

    All marvellous … especially Stan and the penguins 😀

    • deereyme July 29, 2013 / 17:53

      Thanks Annie – Stan is my favourite.

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