Thursday, 7 October 2010

Jacqui's Birthday Cake


Last week I made this cake for my friend Jacqui's 24th birthday. This was my birthday gift to her, so I really wanted it to be special. Of course it had to be delicious, but I also wanted it to be modern and feminine, just like her.

As you can see it is a black and white striped round box with a white lid, and topped with a fuchsia bow. I also covered the cake board in the same colour fondant, but this hasn't quite come out in these photos with the lighting. The pink was definitely more fucshia than hot pink, created using Wilton 'Rose'. At any rate, I think it makes for a really striking and classic combination.


Working with black and white fondant sounds simple, but it's actually quite tricky to do. For this cake I covered the whole cake with fondant before attaching the rolled strips one by one to the sides and smoothing them over so that they looked as is they joined, but without any unsightly black smudging!

Jacqui shared the cake with friends over drinks at the Opera Bar, and after a few, this fondant bow ended up adorning the birthday girl's head! ha ha :)

Should I ever realise one of my (many) dreams to become a professional cake decorator, this design will be known as The Jacqui!


This is a short and sweet post today, so I thought I'd make it worth your while by making my very first cameo appearance on my blog! Here's a picture of me, Ladybird (left) and Jac (right) with the cake...


Love,

Ladybird x

22 comments:

  1. Hello!! *waves at the computer screen* =D haha...
    The cake looks so good! You could become a professional cake decoartor any day!! How does the bow stay up in hair???

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  2. Ladybird! This CAKE IS AMAZING! You have done an amazing job! Time for you to go into cake making. Seriously, not even kidding. P.S Congrats on your cameo appearance! I'm not sure if you look like what I thought you would look like?!I guess I didn't really think about it, but now I have seen you, you do look like a ladybird blogger should look.

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  3. How wonderful to see a photo of you! :) always nice to see the face behind the words and photos.
    Such a nice cake! I really like the black red and white.
    Im not sure about the fondant hair bow though lol, a bit sticky maybe?

    Rose

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  4. gasp, that is one beautiful cake!

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  5. Hello hello! Nice to see your face :)

    Nice to see your cake too, you have many talents in the ways of the fondant, grasshopper.

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  6. You must definitely pursue cake decorating. It's a beautifully decorated cake. I'd be too scared to eat it. By the way, it's always nice to put a face to the blog! :)

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  8. Another gorgeous cake!! :) I love the hot pink ribbon

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  9. Thank you for all of your lovely comments, I am buoyed by your encouraging words :)

    The fondant ribbon was not sticky at all actually, so it would stay on your head so long as you can balance it ;) hehe. Once fondant dries it is firm and dry to touch, unless it is exposed to moisture (in which case it gets gooey and sticky)

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  10. Ohhh, you absolutely cannot let talent like this go to waste, you are a star. Beautiful cake, what a lovely friend you are.

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  11. What a beautiful cake! I love the colors you used!

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  12. Wow! The bow looks like it would have been so tricky but you made it look so real! Jacqui looks very happy, as I would be too with a cake like that. Nice to put a face to your blog :)

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  13. Aw, ladybird what a beautiful cake! Can you make one called The Maz? :P

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  14. I dabble in a bit of cake decorating myself and understand what a labor of love this cake really is. The hours of work, the kneading and rolling and smoothing, etc,etc,etc.. you really are a lovely friend!

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  15. OMG, this cake looks fantastic!
    I am amazed by the ribbon! How can it hold so nicely and be made of fondant? Mystery and woaw, what a talented cake-maker!
    Nice meeting your photo!It is always great to put a face on a name ;-)

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  16. Oh my that is a gorgeous cake!!

    Where did you learn how to work fondant like that?

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  17. Mr Chez says ...'Wow!'

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  18. Anna that is one good looking cake!! the bow is oh so very pretty! xx

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  19. It's beautiful! I love the colour combination
    (and can imagine the disaster it would be if I attempted it which makes me love it more :)

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  20. That bow is amazing. I'm in awe of your fondant skills!

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  21. Beautifully precise cake decorating skills there. Love the striking colour combination of black, rose and white.
    Congratulations on the cake you made for the Sydney food bloggers picnic. I saw some pics and it's seriously amazeballs.

    Great to put a face to the blog. Nice to meet you :)

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