Do you love Cake Decoration Magazine? We sure do! For their lovely spring edition our Lamb and Anemone flower topper tutorials were featured within their pages. Now our Floral Birdcage Cake (and how to create it) is sitting proudly upon pages 52 and 53 of their Summer 2014 issue! Go and grab your copy today and discover lots of gorgeous cakes and tutorials for you to re-create at home!
We created this floral / English garden party themed bird cage cake with a Ladurée inspired colour palette. With the spring season fast approaching we thought added roses and cherry blossoms to the design would be perfect. Of course, it may be too early in the year to say, but we think this is one of our favourites of 2014!
The cake itself is a lovely soft lemon madeira cake filled with silky smooth lemon buttercream and covered with a white chocolate ganache. The cake is then iced in hand coloured pale pistachio green fondant before edible details are added.
Cherry Blossoms are one of our favourite florals to re-create in sugar form. They feature such wonderful petal shapes (from pinched, notched and ruffles), soft tones of pink (which add a lovely pop of colour to paler cakes) and look elegant gathered together on a Spring cake!
We hand created ivory sugar roses, rose leaves and delicate pink cherry blossoms as well as the birdcage’s scallop trims, bars and conical-esque handle. Even though this was a relatively small wedding creating it from start to finish took a total of 12 hours including baking time… phew!
Above is a close-up photograph showing the detail on the left hand side of the birdcage cake. We quilted the cake drum, studded it with shimmering ivory sugar pearls and trimmed the board with cream grosgrain ribbon.
From start to finish we loved every single element of this cake. This cake was such a wonderful way to get us in the mood for the new season.
It’s time for our fifth cake, recipe & cake decorating tutorial in partnership with The Happy Egg Co.! This month we took inspiration from the soft and beautiful cherry blossoms that flourished not too long ago. Unfortunately, those flowers never last for long but at least you can enjoy edible blossoms in cake form! As well as picking out cherry blossoms for the design we also looked at fun and summery cherry laced flavours! We soon scaled our recipe ideas down to a simple cherry cola and pistachio cake. Why not have a look at our design and development blog post to see our ideas and research.
As well as this month’s flavour we thought we’d show you how to create an elegant and simple birdcage cake. These are definitely on trend at the moment due to the summer months, but also with wedding season upon us they’re popping up everywhere! The romantic colour scheme is perfect for afternoon teas, spring and summer birthdays, engagement parties and weddings.
We added further detail by creating a quilted cake board studded with edible sugar pearls that also found themselves nestled into the cage-work of the cake.
To create this cake (including the dome layer and 4 circle layers) you will need the following…
7-8 free range eggs by The Happy Egg Co. depending on egg size
453g self raising flour
453g caster sugar
6 inch circle cake pan
6 inch ball pan
Cream your butter in a mixer then add the caster sugar. Add in the flour along with half of the happy eggs for around one minute. Once half of the happy eggs are combined add the remaining and mix for about 5 minutes.
Pour into a greased circle cake pan until 2/3 full and place on the top shelf of a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 3/325F/170C. Bake for around 30 minutes. Repeat this step four times for each circle layer.
For the dome layer pour the remaining batter into one half of your ball pan and bake for 35-45 minutes in an over pre-heated to Gas Mark 3/325F/170C.
Cherry, cola & pistachio buttercream recipe
For the buttercream you will need…
500g butter (don’t use margarine as the water content is higher and not suitable for buttercream)
500g – 600g icing sugar (choose your own consistency and taste)
Pink gel paste food colouring
Brown gel paste food colouring
Green gel paste food colouring
Add half of the of butter diced into pieces. Cream the butter in a mixer. Then gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (cut into cubes). Once the buttercream is of a smooth consistency separate into three and flavour / colour to taste.
How to assemble your cakes into a birdcage shape!
To create a birdcage shape you need to put together a bullet shaped cake using from four to six layers of circle cake (around 3-4cm in height). You then simply create the dome section by using a ball cake pan. For a cake like this which consists of a fair few layers of cake we’d recommend the use of a a good plastic dowling / dowel rod through the centre for stability.
How to make fondant cherry blossoms!
Now let’s show you how to make your own edible cherry blossom flowers from a ball of modelling paste. This is a fun way to create these blossoms without specific petal cutters and it means that you can make them any size you like; from tiny blossoms to extra large flowers!
You will need…
Step one: Form your modelling paste into a cone shape with a ball shape at one end.
Step two: Using the tapered star tool press a star into the rounded end of your modelling paste cone. This marks where your petals need to be shaped from.
Step three: Using some scissors cut into your paste using the points of the ‘star’ as markers.
Step four: Flatten and press the petals out using your fingers. Now you should begin to see your blossom form!
Step five: Using the cone tool press lightly into the petals to ruffle them.
Step six: Now pinch the ends of your blossom’s petals to add shape.
Step seven: Cut some stamens to around 1.5cm in length and push them into the centre of your flower.
Step eight: Now add some shimmer and extra colour to your blossom by dusting on some lustre dust with your paintbrush.
Now you should have a gorgeous cherry blossom perfect for sitting on top of your own homemade birdcage cake! Try creating them in white, ivory or different tones of pink to suit your colour scheme. To secure them in place upon your finished birdcage melt down some white chocolate and hold for a few seconds. Chocolate dries quickly and is a great way for holding heavier objects in place on a cake.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe and tutorial on how to create an elegant birdcage cake combined with some fun summer inspired flavours.