It seems like ages since I’ve done a wedding cake, lately all my orders have been for children’s cakes – which I love doing – but I’ve missed the towering tiers of a wedding cake!
This christening cake was designed with the soft hues of blue for a baby boy in mind, something simple and elegant but suitable for an infant at the same time.
The blossoms were hand made and individually painted / dusted with lustre dust to achieve the graduated colours on top.
The height of the tiers was kind of un-intentional (!!) I didn’t realise how ridiculously high they were until it came time to cover them with fondant. Luckily I was quick and it all went well (phew!). Kind of ironic as many times I wish I had those extra few ever elusive centimeters!!
I was recently invited to submit a cake for a children’s party feature in Shop 4 Kids Magazine. After digesting the invitation ( I was shocked, amazed, elated, humbled) I got to work on a suitable design. The theme was “Under the Sea” – without mermaids… Oh, and it has to be in Sydney in 5 days. No problem!
I loved the idea of some fishies seemingly swimming around the base of the cake with an oyster shell crowning the top. I enjoyed making this cake immensely, especially the oyster shell and pearls which feature on the top of the cake.
So, the cake was made, photographed and I was really pleased with it. Time to air freight it to Sydney – it’s only a 1 hour (or so) flight from Melbourne.(..she says with a nervous smile whilst fidgeting with her packing tape) I packed it according to various instructions found on several different online cake forums, labeled it so that a blind person could tell it was fragile and had to be kept upright (inc arrows) photographs of it on the outside and speaking to the freight company, making sure I had done everything I could to ensure the safe delivery of my precious cargo.
Hmmmm. It didn’t make it. Correction, it made it but it was damaged. It couldn’t be used and I was devastated. Having said that I learnt some valuable lessons and hopefully will have the opportunity to have my work featured in print in the future.
In the meantime, I have some pics for my folio and a bit more cake experience under my belt! It can’t always go smoothly eh!
If you have any tips on air freight vs cake, please share!!