Tuesday, 20 July 2010

A cake fit for a VERY special party...

Things have been very quiet here on our blog for the last few weeks and that's because we had been working extremely hard on preparing a big surprise party for Ryan's Mums 50th Birthday last weekend.

On top of planning all the festivities (bouncy castle in the back-yard anyone?!) we decided we wanted to make a truly special birthday cake for the occasion!

After a lot of reading up on cake decorating tips and watching of many a tutorial, we designed and made a huge two tier fruit cake, traditionally covered in marzipan and fondant icing then festooned with white daisies (with bright yellow pollen-laden centres!) and covered with a bevvy of beautiful butterflies...resting atop the flowers and leaves...

We hand cut out all the butterflies from floral paste, formed them, letting them dry and then I hand painted each and every one in a three stage process that went from colour wash to markings and detail to final luster detail. I had a blast!!!

We were delighted with the final result, as was Jacki - and now can't wait to make another... best be sure to clear our diary for a week first though, egh?! ;)

More on behind the scenes of making the cake and fun at the party soon...

Abigail@abigail*ryan

5 comments:

Polly said...

That looks amazing guys! Yum!

kelly said...

what a work of art {and labour of love!} thank goodness you got a photo before it was scoffed!! x

Caitlin said...

Oh my goodness, that is so amazing! You two come up with the coolest things. Such intense work but look at the result, it's so cool!

CrowNology said...

Beautiful!

Camilla Engman said...

What a wonderful cake!
I think it is the most fantastic cake I've ever seen! I think you'll have to do it for me when I turn 50 too ;)