It is no secret that the last few months have not been easy to live through for my family – or that it is very hard to get the creative spirit flowing again. But other people still have celebrations to enjoy and they still want cakes to grace their table so I must try to oblige.
Normally, at this time of year, my grandson would have been enjoying his birthday cake – created to match his desire as far as theme goes…but since his tragic and untimely death last year I will never again have the pleasure of seeing his face beam at my confectionary creation for him. His 10th birthday this year was celebrated in a rather different way – which I will write about next week.
So, the cake I have made this month is for Lisa, who is 21! I have never met her but was asked by her aunt if I could make a cake with a theme suitable for a Hair and Beauty Student.
I had just 14 days notice so had to come up with a design and work out the logistics for making it fairly swiftly…which I have to say was quite a challenge under the circumstances. However, I am pleased with the way it has turned out.
The whole of this decoration is edible – with the exception of the stick part of the mascara wand and the stick part of the nail varnish brush which are sugarpaste wrapped around a cocktail stick. I was going to use more items of make up but it just looked far too fussy so I have stuck with a select few! I am particularly pleased with the mascara wand and was sorely tempted to try to shove it into the tube to see if it really worked!! I also like my hairgrip (kirby grip) decorations which are royal icing piped to form the ‘grip’ bit with a sugarpaste flower and a sugarpaste pearl for decoration
So, all that remains now is to deliver it and hope that today goes well for Lisa!