For a family friend's birthday I was asked to make a chocolate cake. I decided to keep with this theme I would also use chocolate for decoration instead of icing. As she had recently got a job promotion, I wanted to put a champagne bottle and glasses on there, and as her nickname has been 'Princess/Queenie' for many years I thought a crown would be perfect to finish the design.
I printed the lettering off the computer so I could do fancy lettering and keep it neat and in proportion. I taped wax paper over the lettering and traced with melted white chocolate in a piping bag. I also freehanded a champagne bottle, glass and crown on more wax paper. I put them in the fridge to chill and harden while I made the chocolate cake and iced with chocolate frosting.
When done, I peeled the lettering and shapes off the paper (they come off very easily!) and stuck them in the icing. For a finishing touch I iced a green label onto the bottle to make sure people knew it was champagne.
This champagne birthday was a simple cake to make and only took about an hour, yet it looked so professional and both I and the birthday girl were impressed!
I made this drinks cake for my husband's 50th birthday. I decided against an "over the hill" theme because I turn 50 next year.
It's two 8" round cakes stacked then carved to create the bowl. The cakes are frosted with butter cream icing.
The beer bottles and the ice are made from sugar and corn syrup. The caps were painted with gold luster dust mixed with vodka (alcohol dries faster and doesn't add moisture to the sugar). The labels were made by scanning a real label then printing them on edible wafer paper.
The butterfly is also edible wafer paper. The design was brushed lightly with vegetable oil to make the butterfly shine and to protect the paper from the butter cream icing. (wafer paper will dissolve if it's allowed to get too damp)
The golf balls and peanuts were molded from chocolate. There's a small chocolate lady bug too, but it's hard to see in the photo. (near the golf tees) The golf tees, the 19th hole label, and golf divot tool are fondant. The divot was brushed with pearl luster dust to give it a metalic look.
The grass is green tinted butter cream frosting applied with the Wilton "grass" tip.
When I was thinking of a cake to make my mum for her birthday this year, the first thing that came to mind was this. Rum is her drink of choice and only ever Black Heart rum. The cake I rushed together on the day so its a very simple version of the bottle of rum!
The Black Heart Rum cake is a chocolate cake with about 7 layers of gnashe in between layers of cake. To make the shape I cut around a small bowl and made 7 circles then stacked them on top of each other with the gnashe in between and sculpted the top layers to make it taper up to the bottle top.
The icing is all Bakers roll out icing, coloured to the appropriate colours! and looked so good mum refused to cut it!