How can you say no to a wedding cake for a children’s school play? How cute an idea is that! Aladdin, like in all good stories, marries Jasmine (well, in the Disney version) and of course, there must be cake. To cut on stage, and to share in the celebrations after. I like the fact, that the kids are getting a home baked, E-number free, no nasties, no trans fats cake.
Being that it had to be eaten by kids, the safest route is vanilla. This is a light, fluffy, vanilla cake, the crumb made tender and moist by the addition of buttermilk. The frosting is my current favourite, Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It was slapped between the two halves of the cake as well as around the sides. I splurged a bit on a Wilton cake combing set, and tried, as best as possible to get a neat ‘comb’ running round the cake. It does take a knack I think and the icing can’t be too soft. I feel my efforts could be called shabby chic at best! It was however, that very quality that made it rather appropriate for the occasion.
During a chat with baker pal extraordinaire Mhairi, she suggested the posy of the tiniest, duo toned, pink, utterly pretty roses at the very top of the cake. I followed through and piped the edges with the same icing and nozzle in a wee star shape. I think the effect is simple, a celebration cake, but one that isn’t over servicing it’s position. That’s my justification at least!
This was a whole heap of fun to do! I have a couple of more cake requests for the end of the month and already, I can’t wait! There is something wonderfully therapeutic about baking in general but decorating particularly, no matter what the outcome. At the end of the day, my hands made it and that’s the wonder of it all!