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Jun 28, 2010

A friend from work asked me to make a cake to greet family members from overseas. I love cakes that already have a personality like this, so I had a lot of fun designing it.

I also tried some new techniques when I made it, so in addition to having some fun with it, I felt like i learned some things too:

1) practice helps with fondant;  I think this is the best looking side of a cake I’ve done so far.  Steph, yours are still much better, but I know you’ll be proud of me for this!

2) using a tiny sharp knife to cut out details is so much easier than a normal kitchen knife (which admittedly took me too long to learn) I dipped it in a tiny bit of water first too, and it seemed to keep the edges a bit nicer.

3) using a (clean) paintbrush to paint with food colouring directly on the fondant works really well.  I tried first just to give some shading on the map and it worked so well that I abandoneded trying to cut out all the bits on the Union Jack, and just decided to paint it on – much easier!  I’ll definitely be incorporating this new technique into upcoming cakes when I need fine detail. I quite like painting, so this opens up a whole new world to me!

Hopefully the visitiors got a kick out of the cake, and get to enjoy some quality time with family!

4 Comments

StephanieJuly 5, 2010 12:06 am

I think this is one of my all time favourites. I can’t wait to see what new things this “water colour” icing is going to lead to!!

RachelJuly 19, 2010 1:38 am

Thanks for the post Lisa. I needed to use red for some fine details and I don’t know how I would have done it with pieces of fondant. Great advice. You are very inspirational!

lisa July 19 2010 22:57 pm

so glad it worked!

Kelly HarrisAugust 21, 2010 9:19 pm

We really enjoyed this cake on our recent trip to Canada. The carrot cake was gorgeous and my daughter loved the Union Jack lolly. Thanks so much for you effort.
Paul, Kelly, Lilia and Eldon Harris

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