Hello lovelies, alright?
I was looking at some old pictures last week and I came across these photos of a cake which I made The Bert for his birthday back in 2010. I have to admit I had forgotten quite how good it was! I know that sounds terribly big-headed, it’s not meant in that way, just that I remember all the planning and preparation, the care and attention to get it Just Right during the making and, well, the pictures were better than I remembered!
It was quite sweet actually, as at my hen party in the summer (which was IMMENSE by the way!) my bridesmaids had asked The Bert some Mr & Mrs questions, one of which was ‘What is the best cake Jones has ever made you?’ and he had answered ‘The Wetlands Cake!’
So, although they are not recent pictures, I thought I’d share them with you anyway…
Ready? Here it is… my Wetlands Cake… ta-daah!
The cake itself was a victoria sponge, with some added lemon zest and lemon juice to the mix. It was sandwiched with jam and vanilla buttercream. I cut away part of one side to create the drop down to the water, and added it to build up the bank on the other side.
Nearly all the decorations were edible – except the ducks and the cocktail stick bullrushes. The stones were chocolate pebbles, the reeds were two types of green laces/icing, and I used raisins for the tops of the bullrushes (incidentally, The Bert tells me the proper name for what I’m calling bullrushes, is reed mace – ooh you learn something new every day!).
When it came to the icing, I used Sugarflair paste in Christmas Green and Baby Blue to colour buttercream icing. I didn’t completely mix it so that it would add some depth, adding extra paste to make the dark grassy hill under the mallard. I also sprinkled green and blue sherbet over the top so that the surface of the water glistened as if the sun was shining on it and the grass had a slight shimmer.
And when it came to adding the candles – well they had to be little water lilies!
Ahh, the best cake I ever made! So lovely to find it again, and to see I’d taken so many pictures of it – I must have known I was going to share it with you at some point!
I’d love to see some of the cakey creations you’ve made, perhaps it will give me inspiration for The Bert’s 2013 birthday cake,