Saturday, 18 February 2012

Purple Butterfly Birthday Cake - My 100th Post!

This is my 100th blog post! Yay, can't believe it's come so far :) Thanks to all of my followers and readers!

This weekend we're celebrating my sister-in-law's mum's birthday, and of course as you all know EVERYONE in my family gets a cake! I don't think she knows she's getting one hopefully it will be a nice surprise.

One great thing about doing cakes for family is that I get to try out new techniques and new looks without the pressure of mucking it up! As most of my family cakes I do I kind of make it up as I go, I should start sketching out some ideas beforehand I guess.

For this cake I got to use my new expandable cake tin I got for Christmas which I love. The next cake to make with this I think has to be a battenburg. I will admit I found it difficult to put together at the beginning and it was a bit of a pain to line...but then again lining tins is the most boring thing in the world to me so I guess it's not surprising that I didn't enjoy that part. But the actual method of baking two cakes exactly the same in the same tin was brilliant and will make future square cakes a lot easier.

I made a vanilla sponge cake with rum buttercream (she loves rum), I did think about making it three layers but thought that might be a little too high. I went with the purple and white theme, I do so many pink cakes I thought purple would be a little different and she's not a ridiculous lover of pink so this kept it pretty but not overwhelming.

I love piping, and want to pipe like Cake Boss! So I need to get lots more practice in and I think it came out really cute, I did have open one of my Wilton Yearbook's for inspiration on the pattern which actually came from a wedding cake picture.

The detail on the top is the same, I added some fondant lilac butterflies to give some extra cuteness and to frame the top as it would look a bit empty otherwise. Now for the cupcake I actually completely stole this idea from The More Than Occasional Baker and I absolutely love it, they're actually meant to be gift boxes topped with meringues but I decided to make a plain chocolate case by brushing LOTS of chocolate into the inside of a silicone cupcake case, leaving it too cool in the fridge a few times in between layers. Instead of making it a box I filled and topped it with the rum buttercream and added a couple of purple fondant butterflies. I also piped on white bows round the cupcake case to make a cute pattern.

I love the idea of having a cupcake on the top of another cake...and nothing in the world is better than chocolate and buttercream...

I have to say, and I know I say this almost every time....but I do think this might be the cutest cake I've made so far...

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  1. I really like that ... It looks brill!!!

  2. This looks really lovely. It's a cute idea with the cupcake on the top! :-)

  3. omg this is totally the cutest cake ... ever!! The piping is so beautiful and I love the little cupcake on top. I thought it was a real cupcake!! I've been busy making more of these and they keep their shape better if you use silicone cases.

  4. Beautiful cakes and congratulations on all the previous informative postings.

  5. Wow 100 posts - well done you! I think I have made it to 45 so far which I guess is not bad as I have only really been doing this more frequently since October - the cake looks amazing - I love the idea of the cupcake on top. I can tell from your post you have quite a passion for cupcakes big and small!

  6. I have a quick question. Do you know where the cake tin came from and the largest cake size it does? I need a large square cake tin and thought this one would would be a brill addition to my collection =)

    1. Hiya, I'm pretty sure it's 14 mum got it from Lakeland I think it's invaluable xx

    2. I must buy one! It's going to be brill for what I need to do as I need to make a big square cake and a large rectangle! I can do both of these in that tin can't I ?!?!

  7. awesome thanks. I've got a big cake to do and one with differs t sizes =D


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