7 Aug 2011

Vanilla & Flaked Almond Birthday Cake

A returning customer requested a cake
for a gentleman who doesn't like fondant/sugarpaste.
She wanted a square Victoria Sponge,
filled with jam & buttercream
and with fresh cream on top.
But because of the weather being pretty humid
and the fact she had to drive it up to London
I was a bit worried the cream wouldn't
travel well,
so we agreed that I would cover the cake in buttercream
with a high content of cream mixed through
and the sides were covered in flaked almonds.
Then if she desired, she could add a little fresh cream
when she arrived at destination.

Whilst putting the flaked almonds on the sides of the cake
I felt it looked a bit messy,
so I desided to place them on one by one
which has given this beautiful and neat effect.
As for the plaque,
it can be quite hard to design something for a man who you know
nothing about!
So I added a few ornate curlycues for decoration
just to give it a special look for his 70th Birthday.
The client loved it when she collected it
and said that I always go that extra mile with my work!
What a lovely thing to say!