Sunday, 31 July 2011

Icing In The Name (of Love)

It was love not rage that was present at G&V's wedding last week. A music inspired wedding led to their choice of "love" cake topper (by BlueButterflyDesign and available on Etsy).

Such a stunning topper deserved pride of place atop a simple three tiered cake wrapped in purple ribbon. Each tier of the cake was different to suit all tastes although Jen can't believe she's the only one who sampled a bite of every one!

A huge congratulations to the happy couple!

(details and photos of the individual cakes will follow in a further post)

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

un petit amuse-bouche

It's all go in upper cut cake gal Jen's kitchen this week. She's delighted to have been asked to bake the wedding cake for her cousin G and bride V. The wedding is this Friday so the oven's on, there's icing sugar atop every work surface along with tools for the structural engineering that she's finding out is part and parcel of a three tiered cake.

It would, of course, be bad form to reveal the cake before the big day so more details will follow but here's a little taster of what's involved...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Not just any graduation cake

...but a graduation gateau to celebrate the big one as Mr became Dr and four years worth of thesis was finally complete. Congratulations Dr. A!

And, of course, not forgetting Drs P, C and D!

Recently inspired by the acquistion of a (well-used) Be-ro baking book, Upper cut cake gal, Jen lovingly prepared this super sweet chocolate gateau to celebrate the occasion with friends and family.

(Watch this space for more variations on a theme.)

(chocolate fudge cake decorated with schmeared white chocolate buttercream rolled in chocolate vermicelli with extra swirls of piped white chocolate buttercream and a finishing touch of milk chocolate buttons)

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Recreating memories

Just as she was about to celebrate her anniversary, what did Upper Cut Cakes gal "E" unearth from the freezer but two mini-cake layers of the same flavours as her wedding cake. A coincidence like that just begs for a decorated cake!

In this 4" miniature representation of the original 3-tiered confection (which "E" did not not make), single layers of chocolate cake and lemon cake substituted for full tiers of these flavours, and a vanilla-whisky mousseline buttercream was used in place of the original traditional buttercream. As in the original, the cake was brightened inside with a thin layer of strawberry conserve and outside with a piped lily of the valley motif. Fresh purple lisianthus flowers added an additional floral touch to both versions, supplemented with feathery fern greenery in the original and goldcrest conifer sprigs in the miniature version.

Happy anniversary, Mr. "E"! May the next year be a sweet one!

(4" diameter, 2-layer, single-tier mini-cake; chocolate cake layer atop lemon cake layer; filling of strawberry conserves and frosting; mousseline buttercream frosting flavoured with vanilla and Scottish whisky; piped lily of the valley flowers and leaves; fresh lisianthus and goldcrest conifer sprigs)