Celebration in Red Cake

by Beverley Clarke
(London, England, UK)

Mum's 80th Birthday Cake

Mum's 80th Birthday Cake

I made this cake for my Mum’s 80th birthday celebration. Mum loves red, so the family chose to use red and ivory as our theme colors for the decorations. I also decided to use the same colors for the cake.

I minced dried mixed fruits and glace cherries and soaked them in rum, brandy and port for over three months. This mixture was used in the two rich fruit cakes which I made. The cakes were 10 inches and 12 inches respectively. Over two- three weeks I ‘fed’ them more brandy and port as they matured.

Before icing the cakes I coated them with very thin marzipan. I then made royal icing which I colored ivory using food paste. I used some of this to apply three coats to the cakes drums and four coats to the cakes.

Meanwhile, I made the sugar flowers using bought flower paste, which I colored red, ivory, green, etc, with food paste and edible dusting powders. Mum likes roses and carnations, so I decided to make them the central flowers. Each wired corsage was made up of a central full rose, rosebuds, half-roses, full and budding carnations, lily of the valley and fantasy flowers as fillers with ivy and eucalyptus leaves. To finish the sprays I made ribbon loops in matching colors and green.

I used a two tier cake stand that I covered with ivory ribbon threaded with green ribbon. When the final coat of royal icing was dry, I stuck the cakes to their drums using more royal icing. Then I colored some royal icing deep red to match the roses and used it with a size 2 nozzle to apply the cornelli lace to the cakes and boards. To finish the cakes I attached a wired floral corsage to each top.

Mum loved her cake and it made a beautiful center piece.

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Oct 31, 2011
by: Anonymous

wow, nice cake,can share to me what you used to make the red color? because I tried using all red tints/paste but it always comes out pink shade, please give me idea how to come up with the red color if we mix it with royal, boiled or fondant, thankyou

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