Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
I was commissioned to make this cake for a gardening enthusiast’s 80th birthday celebrations. He is primarily a flower gardener so I created this fantasy flower garden cake for him. The cake inside is a delicious moist lemon sponge cake, I brushed the cake with lemon sugar syrup then filled it with lemon butter cream and luxury lemon curd. I decided to use yellow flowers to reflect the lemon inside, and blue because it is for a man, and finally white to break up the yellow and the blue. It was too much of a sharp contrast with just yellow and blue. The cake is covered in white sugarpaste, as is the board. The grass is made out of soft peak green royal icing - I have never used this nozzle before (Wilton 233) and I was super impressed with the results, it was so much fun making the grass! The cake looked really cool just covered entirely in grass - this would be an easy way to make a football pitch cake, and this nozzle can also be used to make ‘fur’ on animal cakes. The fence is made of a mix of 1/3 florist paste to 2/3 sugarpaste. I made the roses out of marzipan because it tasted better than sugarpaste and the smaller flowers and butterflies are the same as the fence.
It was so much fun making this cake! I could make this cake in various sizes or shapes, with different colour schemed flowers to suit the person or the occasion.
The lady that commissioned me to make the cake got the miniature watering cans and gardening tools here http://www.cakecraftshop.co.uk/shop/products/id/cak45b109.htm I thought they looked super cute! I left out the saw because I didn’t think it was very gardening inspired! These are the only thing on the entire cake that were not edible.
I was so pleased with the finished cake. I definitely want to try using the fun piping nozzle for some more projects soon.