This weekend we had the pleasure of baking for a very special person, Nicola’s niece Isabella. She was turning the grand old age of 1. Where the last 12 months had gone, we weren’t sure but we were super stoked to be able to get involved in such a special occasion.
The theme of the cake was something we could easily get on board with – “pink!”
What resulted can only be described as an Ombre-ama. 4 layers of Pink Ombre Vanilla Sponge, covered with Pink Ombre Buttercream Roses.
Late Thursday evening it was decided that the vintage pressed glass cake stands in stock just weren’t going to do this beauty justice. So on Friday we whizzed into Winchester to The Hambledon to get a new Mosser Milk Glass Stand. Whilst there we were given a suggestion to stack the 12″, 9″ and 6″ stands to make a 3 tier tower. This is now something that has to be done… and soon – and what a great excuse to get more cake stands in the process. All of which will be available for hire.
The sponge was coloured accordingly and baked into 4 layers. Which in turn was layered with uncoloured vanilla buttercream (to give the nice white stripes separating the layers when cut) and crumb coated in the same.
Next came the buttercream roses. 4 varying shades of pink, from the deepest rose pink up to the palest to match the sponge inside.
It was great fun to pipe all those swirly roses and they make such an amazing visual impact.
Once at the venue, it was time to add some trimmings. First was the all important ‘1’ candle. This one is by Wilton (no pun intended). Next came some mini cake bunting…
The cake bunting is a simple, yet effective way of incorporating extra colour, structure and height into a cake. This one was made from patterned paper and bakers twine. The colours worked great with the Pearl & Earl decorations that had been used to cover the hall ceiling.
The first peak inside the cake was pretty exciting, it’s always a bit nerve-wracking colouring sponge mix before baking and then not seeing the finished article until its finally cut, but it was perfect.
Happy First Birthday Isabella! We hope you had a lovely day, enjoyed the cake and got lots of lovely pressies.
Martha’s Tea Party x