Our friend’s daughter was turning 18 and as is the only way, the celebrations were booked in and planned. This was all a bit mad to process as Karen our friend just does not seem old enough to have a 18-year-old daughter, in fact Karen turned 40 this year which we all thought she must have got her age wrong!!
Her daughter Amy loves Julie Andrews and all thing theatrical and musical so it was an easy theme to go with. Her mum picked out some ideas she liked and sent them over and we agreed on a clapper board cake, decorated and personalised with a birthday message.
Working with black icing is always fun – or at least messy! It just seems to get everywhere including on anything white. I had 3 cakes to do so the other cakes were completed and put away before the black icing even came out the cupboard!
I was keen to try out painting with paste colours for the postcard pictures around the sides. I got pictures from the internet then cut them out so I had a template I could use. I then placed them on a piece of rolled white icing and painted using black colouring mixed with a little water to create a silhouette effect for the pictures and they turned out pretty good. The test was to ask people if they could tell what they were and Dewey visited and got all but 1 – the movie theatre! We had already picked this one out to go round the back of the cake!!
The cake also had stars and hearts shooting out the top of the cake using cake wire, with the clapper board written out with the birthday message.
I hope Amy had a fantastic time celebrating her birthday and enjoyed the cake.