This was a birthday cake design that I made on Christmas day. It was due the next day and we were leaving on vacation the next day. The worst part? My friend was delivering it!
This was a surprise cake from the daughter of a lady turning 50. She is a passionate traveler, loves tea and tea cups and tulips. So I figured out a way to get it all in there.
The cake was 9×13 and about 4” tall. The stickers are printed on edible paper using edible ink. I thought they came out wonderfully. I downloaded vintage travel stickers and was able to find a few. She loves Paris, NY and London and I thought I had found some good ones. They aren’t as easy to find as I thought.
I made a passport with gum paste. The belts on the vintage suitcase are made to look like weathered leather. The vase was gum paste as well. I put a thick sheet of gum paste around a tube and pulled the top ½ inch out. Then I left it to dry for several days since it had to hold the tulips weight and travel. I brushed pearl dust over the entire surface and put a gold ridge around the top.
Making the Tea Cup
But the best part was the tea cup. Apparently she collects tea cups. I was sent a picture of her favorite tea cup. I purchased a tea cup at a Good Will for $1 so that I had something to use as a mold. I’m not an artist at all so I did what I could to “paint” the design onto the cup and saucer.
They were thrilled with this birthday cake design. It was a total surprise for the mom and they did a really nice party for her. She was so touched that they put her interests into one cake. This is by far one of my favorites.