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.

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!


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!