Don't you just hate that when it happens?!
Well, I had agreed to make it... 4 years ago...
A friend of my sister's. Different wedding, same bride. The first one wasn't meant to be (and thankfully she found that out before the big day). This guy's a keeper.
But, truthfully, I haven't been much involved with the in's and out's of it; and hadn't considered that my offer from 4 years ago (when I had way more baking & caking time on my hands) was still standing.
So, when was "reminded" about the cake 10 days before the wedding, it came as a b-i-i-i-t of a surprise...! Thankfully it was a simple mandate: a small cake, and a few dozen cupcakes with a butterfly theme. And in a colour scheme I love.
Here's how I made this large butterfly for the cake:
|Cut out with a cookie cutter; embossed details with a Dresden tool.|
|Dried in a fold of cardboard. Shaded with brown|
|Dusted with luster|
|Done and dusted ;o)|
And the crackled effect on the sides of the cake is courtesy of this video tutorial by Cakes by Angela Morrison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln9X3BZf8m4
I had to press on the gum paste (CMC paste) layer very firmly to get the cracks to appear; but that could be because I got my drying time wrong.
It's a lovely effect, isn't it?