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On Display

The ways of displaying your wedding cake are getting just as creative as the cakes themselves. Brides all over the country and adapting there cake display as much as they are their table centres. I think the traditional wedding “rules” are really being broken….

Here is a run down of some of the ways I think are going to continue to develop throughout 2014. Let’s start with my personal favourite:

Over a barrel
I love the rustic style of having the wedding cake displayed on barrels. It’s cute and simple yet lets the cake take centre stage whilst keeping in with that farmhouse style wedding that is becoming increasingly popular this season. Take a look at this example I found on http://rusticweddingchic.com/marriott-ranch-country-wedding through pinterest.
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Also a bit of burlap never hurt anyone….

On a tree stump
Keeping with the rustic theme….
Another simple yet effective presentation technique proving really popular at the moment is the wedding cake presented on a tree stump or “slice” of tree. Think summer, marquee, bunting…..what could go wrong?!
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Flower power
OK so having your wedding cake surrounded by flowers isn’t anything new, but there are so many ways to go about it. your can wrap the base in straw and bright flowers, go for a beautiful light ring of baby’s breath or make a real statement way flower swags around the top of the cake table.
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pandora's cake  (for those of you who share the same guilty pleasure of Real Housewives…. This was pandoras cake!)

On the box
Having the cake displayed on a box leaves so much interpretation and imagination, from wooden boxes, wrapped, colour coordinated or covered in lace, you can really make your mark. Here is a stunning colour coordinated example… (and let’s face it, a few stops and stripes always make for a simple yet effective cake design)
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Silver service 
If you are into a bit of old school glamour, nothing can beat a traditional silver cake stand. Best suited to regal venues, think champagne, chandeliers and white roses!
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Have a table full
Of cake that is, or display your cake as part of your sweetie table. I love the idea of a colour theme sweetie table with the cake pride of place in the centre, just look at this example by sugar ruffles. I am so excited about doing a couple of cakes with sweet tables like this during this summer!
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Remember if you want a wedding or celebration cake quote from The Cake Case get in contact via the website/email, we still have some slots available for this summer!

Nottingham Vipers

So this Sunday just gone, the lovely Nottingham Vipers Ice Hockey team hosted Coventry Pheonix in a top of the table clash! The fight for second place and a chance at the end of season playoffs is whats up for grabs for the 2 teams, so a little incentive for the Vipers was required, obviously in the form of chocolate cake (post game of course)

Unfortunately the Vipers lost 2-5 on this occasion, but there is still the away leg, and I think the chocolate cake helped a little after….

Here are the lovely Nottingham Vipers, and their very chocolatey snake cake

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“Over The Hill” Birthday Cake How To….

This is a short tutorial/how to on the “Over the Hill” Birthday Cake.
This was one of the first “large” cakes I made, and looking back it is still one of my favourite cakes. Here is how I did it….

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So, birthday cakes usually take on a theme; the garden, favourite film, hobby etc, its great to create a cake that really reflects the person the cake is for. I personally makes a cake feel really special! In this case the cake was created for a dry stone waller so naturally there was only one option for this cake….

I started with a basic chocolate sponge cake. The cake was made in a 8 inch round tin. Once cooked is was left to cool in the tin before wrapping it up and leaving it in an air tight container over night. This let the cake settle and stay moist before cutting and decorating.

When covering large areas with fondant icing, or you want a really bright/solid colour, I like to use the ready made coloured icing. I find this most useful for red, black and green, as depending on the colourings you have you can end up with pink, grey and a plae green. For this a wanted to create a proper grassy green. Once the board was covered with icing I wrapped it with cling film, to stop it going hard, until it was needed. Always store it in a cool place and keep it covered, you dont want bits of fluff etc sticking to your base!

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The first thing I did with the cake was cut it in half and fill the middle with chocolate buttercream icing, I then shaped the cake into a basic “hill” and coated it in chocolate buttercream icing using a palette knife. This is an easy shape to create!

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As you can see in the picture, it is starting to look a little more like a hill….So the next step is to add the “grass”. For the grass I made vanilla buttercream icing and coloured it using the extra green colouring (again to make a proper grass green rather than the minty green so many people end up with when making green buttercream). I piped the icing on using a grass/fur nozzle to create a nice grassy texture.

A turn table is one of the most useful pieces of equipment you can have when decorating a cake, BUT don’t feel you have to run out and buy a turn table right at this moment: When I first started making cakes I made my own turntable by turning a gelato bowl upside down and putting a large-ish plate on top, this allowed me to turn the cake round. I reckon most people will have items in their kitchen cupboard that you could use to similar effect (or ask for a turn table for your next valentines/birthday/christmas present).

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So now that we have a nice grassy hill it’s time to get that cake board out. The best way to make sure your cake sticks properly is to cut out a circle or similar shape using a cutter, where you want to put your cake. This can then be filled with royal icing to hold the cake in position. See image below…

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Once you have filled the gap with royal icing you can put the cake on to. When the cake was in place I extended the grass round the bottom and out to the sides.

This is where you can start to let you imagination run wild. I think it took me a few hours to build the stone wall. To do this I made blocks from sugar paste, for the colour I added black, brown and beige so they look like rocks. Obviously at this point you can add any decoration of your own, you could turn this little hill into a fairy garden, an animal paradise or add a tractor and some fencing for a lovely farm scene.

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I also added small flowers in yellow and pink, dotted around to add a bit of colour and nature to the cake. I used edible glue to stick the flowers in place and to stick the wall together. I used a paint brush to add the glue, but you can use the tip of your finger as well.

Once I had built the main wall, I added mushrooms, small piles of walling stone and even made a lovely little sheep to add to the scene. The last thing I added was the Matlock sign, which I made using a cake pop stick and sugar paste icing with an edible pen, alternatively you could paint the sign.

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This lovely little sheep was really simple to make. A rectangle of white sugar paste icing, with lots of little balls of white sugar paste glued to it and a grey/black head and ears…Oh and 4 little rectangles of grey icing for legs!

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It’s been a whistle stop tour of this cake….

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