Friends of ours were due to have a special wedding anniversary, their 50th. They asked me if I could make a 50th wedding anniversary cake for them and obviously I said, “yes!” They wanted a heart cake with a topper on it and they sent me a picture of the sort of cake decoration they had in mind.
I started by making the hearts and I made some extra ones in case of breakages.
Making the Cake Topper
- I made two sizes in the hearts and attached these to wires for the topper.
- When they had hardened I coloured them gold with a gold shimmer dust.
- Then, I curled some wire around a pencil to attach into the topper. On the picture you can see black feathers, but it turned out that she doesn’t like feathers so I removed them for her.
- I also made a small bucket shape to attach the hearts and wires into.
- I made a heart with the word love imprinted onto it and then used a fine paint brush with tiny amounts of vodka and some of the gold shimmer to dust carefully over the word love.
- Then, I dusted the edges of the heart in the gold.
- When it was dry, I attached it to the bucket shape using a little royal icing and then I set it aside ready to attach to the cake later.
- I then coloured some of the hearts in gold shimmer dust and some with a gold glitter.
Making the Cake
It was now time to bake the 10” heart cake.
- I baked the cake and when it was cold I filled it with butter cream and jam and then covered it with the butter cream all over and placed it in the freezer to chill.
- Meanwhile, I coloured enough fondant in ivory so that when the cake was chilled I could cover the whole cake and the cake board.
- I set this aside to harden slightly.
- Then I proceed to make the frills to fit around the cake.
Making the Cake Edge Frills
- I used flower paste rolled thinly and cut it into strips. I had to do small amounts at a time because it dries out very quickly.
- After cutting the strips I used a cocktail stick and with a tiny bit of pressure on the one edge I kept slightly rolling them until they made slight frills until it went along the whole edge.
- I then coloured this with the gold shimmer dust and blew off any excess before attaching this to the cake.
- I continued doing this until I was pleased with the end result.
Assembling the 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake
- Using some royal icing I started attaching the hearts to the cake.
- I coloured some icing in cream, cut out the numbers 50, and attached them to the cake.
- I then attached the topper I had made earlier.
- Then, I cut out all the lettering and attached this to the cake.
I sent our friends a picture of the end result. Everyone loved it!