I just had to come on and share my creative day yesterday. My first job was to finish off my favour boxes. I was going to do all the designs the same, even though it meant the men would be receiving a very floral box. But each box needed heaps of flowers, and they were quite fiddly, and very time-consuming! I needed a different idea for the men! Geared Garage fitted the bill brilliantly. I’ll remember to photograph them so I can share with you after the wedding! Ihad them all finished shortly before hubby arrived home from work.
If you’re an expert cake maker and decorator, please look away now!
About four weeks ago, hubby decided he would make the wedding cake, which he thought woud be a single layer round cake. He was right about the shape of the cake, but not the number of layers – I was planning on three! I’ll give you a quick background why hubby decided he was making the cake! Firstly, daughter Vicki, son Leigh, granddaughter Molly, and – since last month – me, are all coeliacs. Vicki also has a nut allergy which is so severe she has to carry an Epi-pen with her wherever she goes. When we saw a wedding cake-maker’s flyer which stated she could make gluten-free cakes, I thought “Great! Sorted!” At the bottom of the flyer it said she couldn’t guarantee her cakes are nut-free! That was the moment hubby said “I’m making the cake!” Although he has never made a cake like this, let alone iced one, he’s an excellent cook and boy, was he motivated!He researched how to make a fruit cake, without nuts, using gluten free flour – please see the first photograph! When he made the third smaller cake, he made up the same quantity as each of the first two cakes, so he could make a small cake with the surplus mixture so we could taste it! It was superb. Our first job yesterday evening was to cut the tops off the cakes so they were level top and bottom. Next hubby painted the first cake with a coating of apricot jam – see the second photograph! Then it was up to me to put the layer of (shop bought ready rolled) icing on. I’d never done this before, but I reasoned it couldn’t be any different from putting a layer of pastry over a pie! It all went brilliantly! I patiently spent time getting the icing to fit the sides without having pleats or folds – see the third photograph!
This was one area I was concerned about because I thought the cake would end of with a frill around it, but slowly slowly it all fitted in beautifully.We both looked at each other in total disbelief at what we had achieved! Team work!! Today I’m making the table name cards which will include the guests’ meal choices, and then onto my dried flower arrangements! Tonight we decorate the cake!
When I stop for lunch today, before I go back to “work” LOL! I’ll prepare a blog for tomorrow, so I can share the card I made for the swap I took part in last week! If everything goes according to plane, I look forward to being backwith you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.