I admit I got completely caught up in the Jubilee hype. I have bunting at home and in my office. I convinced my husband to buy a lifesize cardboard cut out of the Queen for his office window which as you can see looks amazing!
And of course I have purchased more Jubilee cupcakes liners, decorations and sprinkles than I will use for this Jubilee at least. I even have some things left over from the Royal Wedding. I am sure I will find ways to use them up even if I have to invent some new events. I had several things planned over the Jubilee weekend and one event was to celebrate my in laws 60th wedding anniversary. I made cakes for our tea party which I will blog about later but this blog is going to focus on making the decorations for the cakes. I made three cakes; a Victoria sponge, a chocolate fudge cake and a carrot cake (its good to have a choice, right?) but in the spirit of all things red, white and blue the decorations aren't going to be totally traditional.
I decided to have a separate theme for each cake based on my equipment and skills. I had purchased the Renshaw great British icing pack from Lakeland (love that store) which gave me lots of red, white and blue sugarpaste to use for the decorations. I got my cutters and started to put together some ideas. I ended up with more ideas than cakes to decorate. I decided upon crowns, roses and small flowers because I like using the plunger cutters.
Here are my assembled gadgets:
I sat down in front of the televison and set to work. I started by adding a pinch of gum tragacanth to the sugar paste to make it firmer and easier to work with. The rolling pin I use and the board are both non-stick. I had some corn flour nearby in case the paste got a bit sticky but you need to be careful as it can leave a white film on the decorations. I started with the navy blue paste to make my small flowers. I decided to use some white ball sprinkles that I bought in Williams Sonoma in New York as the middle of the flower and I used a tiny bit of edible glue to stick it in place - royal icing would work just as well.
|I think this looks like my dog nephew Tigger with a close up of the flowers I made. I used the little white flower cutter that came as part of a 3 part set.|
Making the crowns was a bit more complicated as I thought they should have the full red, white and blue effect on each one. I used the red sugarpaste as a contrast on the blue crowns and used the same white sprinkles as jewels. I lightly dusted the red sugarpaste with some edible red glitter dust to add some sparkle to the crowns.
Another sliding crown.........
I realised I needed a centrepiece to go with the small crowns so I came up with the idea of a Union Jack crown. I cut out a big blue crown with a cookie cutter I had and made strips of white and red to make the flag. I was very pleased with the end result!
|Add it didn't slip or slide off the cake!|
The third decoration was some simple sugarpaste roses that you make by cutting out seven circles that you then gently flatten out to form into roses. Considering the cutter I used was the same the roses are all slightly different sizes. Could be I lost concentration as I was watching TV at the same time.
I put some of the red glitter on the red roses - I do tend to 'over' glitter because I like the sparkle.
Had to do one rose with all three colours.
Once I put the roses on the cake it needed something to make the decorations look complete so I had to quickly twist together the sugar paste into a number 60.