Sunday, 22 June 2008

Present Cake

This cake was made for a birthday. It's a simple madeira cake, since almost everyone likes that, and is covered in sugarpaste.

The recipe and the design idea are from a decorating book I got recently "The Home Guide to Cake Decorating by Jane Price". It's a fantastic book, explaining a wide range of techniques and suitable for all levels. I plan to work my way through some of the things, such as runouts and practising my piping. The are some brilliant ideas, and all are explained well.




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The cake itself was a lovely moist cake, probably due to the high amount of milk in it. It would be good for a novelty cake as it cut well and neatly.

The 'tag' is a piece of leftover sugarpaste written on with my ever trusty food colouring pen.

If I were to make it again, I'd probably spend more time cutting the sides to the perfectly vertical. Also, since it was my first time covering a square cake I need a bit more practise doing the corners!

3 comments:

Ruth Elkin said...

Great cake!!!!! I gotta get me that book too.

Did you make your own icing?

Sio said...

No, I tried that before and it was too streaky. I buy the coloured icing from the Cake Craft Shop online, the's a link on the right. it's great and so easy.

yeh, it's the best cake book, i've seen. I'll send it up to you some time :)

thecoffeesnob said...

The cake looks great! I've recently just got this book myself and can't wait to start trying out some of the decorating techniques.

I was wondering though, did you peel off the icing or had it with the cake? I've never used anything but buttercream and various other frostings so i don't know how fondant taste and if the texture goes with cakes. Thanks!