To celebrate a dear friend’s 40th birthday recently we made the most of the Spring sunshine, her gorgeous garden, and an opportunity to showcase an English Afternoon Tea. Hidden inside this cake was a traditional Victoria sponge, of course.
As for the décor I used Pre-Printed Bunting Icing . It’s fabulous stuff, I’ve used it before. Simply cut, paint with water and apply to moulding icing and the two become one.
I also made the tea cup out of moulding icing. It’s a little tricky but not as hard as you’d think. My biggest challenge was finding a suitable sized teacup to act as the mould. With the cup borrowed from one friend, and the saucer borrowed from another I followed these steps:
- Dust the inside of the cup and the top of the saucer liberally with cornflour
- Roll out moulding icing to approximately 4mm thick
- Lay over the saucer and cut and gently push to make the saucer indentations
- Using a sharp knife cut around the edge against the saucer
- Lay another sheet of moulding icing over the cup and gently push in and cut until you have the inside of the tea cup lined with icing
- Cut the excess icing to the required height
- Mould a handle out of excess icing
- Leave the separate pieces somewhere warm and dry for a few weeks to harden (or they will flop on the cake!)
I then mixed a little pink food gel with water to paint the pink lines. Stick the handle on to the saucer using a little royal icing. I also used a small heart cutter to cut out hearts from the bunting icing to decorate the cup and saucer.
For the ‘40’ teapot decoration I simply used my Teapot Cutter and free-style cut the numbers from the bunting icing.
I loved making this cake. Not least because it was something adult away from my usual fare of kiddie birthday cakes.
Any questions? Ask away!