For a 50th birthday celebration a cake is always needed! The order came through with a brief of – please can we have a beach scene with the birthday girl sunbathing with the message fab at 50, other than that I free to do what I wanted – I love orders like this! When you have a little time you can have fun with these cakes as it allows you to have a play, try something new and come up with a new design. I asked a few extra questions such as would the birthday girl be reading whilst sunbathing? Having a drink? Any specific colour bikini? The little bits of detail are what makes a homemade cake so personalised and special.
The cake was my favourite ever sponge flavour – lemon, with a layer of lemon curd and vanilla frosting in the middle. I had the finished cake in work for a few hours ahead of collection and all I could smell was the lemon sponge and I so wanted to eat it all!!
I covered half the cake in ready to roll fondant coloured blue and the rest of the cake was covered in a mixture of crackers, light brown sugar and dark brown sugar to create a sand effect. I popped all of this in the electric mixture until it was fine crumbs. If doing it again I would omit the dark brown sugar as I don’t think it was needed.
The birthday girl sunbathing was made from white modelling chocolate, with a glass, her kindle and flip-flops near by. I then made a few little star fish and shells which I had a lot of fun making. The star fish were made by using a small star cutter and icing rolled to approx. 1cm thick. As I pushed it out of the cutter it shaped liked a star fish, I then used the pointed end of a cellstick to mark a few dots along its back. The shells were made by cutting out small circles, curling them over the end of a paintbrush , squeezing one end together to create a shell shape, then marking with my cake craft knife a few lines along the top.