Friday, 22 June 2012

Wishing you a windfall of success

After several years of research that included exploring the public’s views towards electricity generation from offshore wind farms, our friend “N” recently “powered” through his Viva (PhD dissertation defense) without any hitches, technical or otherwise.


Unfortunately, the celebratory cake did not come off as hitch-free.  Time pressures on Upper Cut Cakes gal “E” prevented her from solving the problem of how to keep the blades and rotor solidly attached to the generator and tower of the cake’s decorative wind turbine.  After trying internal wooden skewers, edible glue, and finally a cardboard back structure, she resorted to holding together the turbine while a photo was taken and folks celebrated “N”’s achievement!  Next time, using gum paste instead of rolled fondant, additional drying time, and a better internal structure might lead to a sturdier result.

That said, the technical glitches did not keep “N”’s fan club from enjoying the cake, a rosemary butter confection with plum and rhubarb filling and cream cheese frosting, or celebrating his successful completion of the PhD.  Congratulations, “N”!


 (Rosemary-infused butter cake layered with homemade plum and rhubarb jam, and covered with blue-tinted cream cheese frosting “water”; rolled fondant wind turbine; royal icing lettering)

2 comments:

  1. Thanks "E". I really enjoyed the cake, especially all the detail you put into the turbine.

    "Next time, using gum paste instead of rolled fondant, additional drying time, and a better internal structure might lead to a sturdier result."

    This will come in handy for those frequent occasions when you need to construct a wind turbine on top of a cake.

    I hope "A"'s picnic is going well!

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  2. One never knows when a wind turbine is needed to complete the look of a cake, so it's best to be prepared :-) Glad you enjoyed your well-deserved celebration.

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