Coolest Travel and Tea Birthday Cake

This was a cake 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, loved 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 were 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 were 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. 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.

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 am not an artist at all so I did what I could to “paint” the design onto the cup and saucer.

They were thrilled. 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.

Coolest Travel and Tea Birthday Cake

Coolest Travel and Tea Birthday Cake