The Results of Your Ideas... How The Cake Turned Out!

The Cake - Val's 60th Birthday Cake. Autumn coloured flowers, champagne candle and handcuffs. lol
@Darkwing (21588)
September 18, 2007 7:44am CST
The sixtieth birthday for which I was asked to make the cake, was held last Saturday and as some of you showed an interest in seeing the finished result, regarding your helpful suggestions, I have posted a picture here. As it's Autumn now, and my friend is approaching the Autumn of her life, I decided to use Autumn colours for the flowers, incorporating the suggestion I received of handcuffs, which are one of the prettier tools of the trade she is in. lol. So, I duly made some handcuffs from roll-out icing and brushed them with silver. Then, i attached them to the cake, and used silver dragees to make the links of the chain between the cuffs, added some flowers I had prepared earlier in Autumn colours, draping them around the cuffs, champagne bottle candle and down the sides, to pretty it up a bit. I then stuck 60s around the six sides, of the hexagonal cake, and voila... you have it! I was rewarded with not only payment for the cake, but a beautiful bouquet of flowers in my favourite mix of colours... small purple coloured flowers, yellow and white, daisy-like chrysanthemums and a single cream coloured rose. I have them in a vase on my dining room table and they smell and look beautiful. Thank you for all your ideas... I might look you up another time when I'm not sure of how to decorate my cakes. :)
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Sep 07
awwwwwww so nice and hope she loved it want to know the reaction of the handcuffs lol. Champayne bottle was a good touch also.
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@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Thank you, Lakota. Do you know, I never heard any mention of the handcuffs, except for when I told the hubby what I was going to do and he said "HANDCUFFS?" lolol. Even he commented on how nice it was in the end though, so all went very well. I even had to eat a piece, despite my attempt to lose weight, but it was only a wafer-like slice, so shouldn't worry me too much. Yes, I like those champagne bottles. It was a candle, but nobody seemed to light it! lol. Thank you for your comments on the picture as well and for taking the trouble to look at it close up. Brightest Blessings. xx
@Darkwing (21588)
20 Sep 07
I think possibly they didn't light it because they didn't realise it was a candle, lol. It was in the restaurant with subdued lighting so, that's quite possible. He didn't say a word when I told him where the idea came from, just looked at me in disbelief, with dropped jaw. he he he, and no, it didn't hurt to have that little slice. I don't know when you'll be back sweetheart, but probably not for a while. I'm praying all went well, and you'll soon be on the mend. Brightest Blessings, healing energies, love and hugs to my dear, dear friend. xxx
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Sep 07
tell hubby I can come up with some doozies lol gload it didnt hurt that slice of cake. am back on but only a few eamilsa at a time I have over 500 in here
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• Canada
30 Sep 07
Hi Darkwing, Wow! You did a really great job on the cake that you made! Very nice! You are very talented, I wish I could make a cake like that! Your Friend, PurpleTeddyBear ;)
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@Darkwing (21588)
30 Sep 07
Thank you very much Purple. I'm sure that if you wanted to, and set your mind to it, with a little practice, you could produce a cake along similar lines. Brightest Blessings my friend.
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• Canada
1 Oct 07
My mom was a great cake decorator so maybe it's in my blood lol. I will have to give it a try sometime! Love & Hugzz, Your Friend, PurpleTeddyBear ;)
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@Darkwing (21588)
1 Oct 07
Yes, do... I think you might enjoy it more than you know, and it may be in your genes... who knows?
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
18 Sep 07
wow what a beautiful cake there,can you make me one lol.im glad it turned out well there and you sound very creative there my friend.i posted a comment on the cake,just looks great and im sure it was delicious too.pattie
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@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Thank you, Pattie, for your comments both in here and on the cake picture. I would be more than happy to make you a cake if I could guarantee getting it there safely. Perhaps a personal delivery would be in order. I have another friend in New Jersey... her name is Robin and I met her in Pogo. :) Perhaps I could visit her as well whilst making the delivery. he he he Brightest Blessings my friend.
@Darkwing (21588)
21 Sep 07
For me, too. :)
• United States
21 Sep 07
i will pm you later,right now im so sick and i feel so lousy.gotta go lay down.take care hon.xo.pattie
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@weemam (13377)
18 Sep 07
That is just gorgeous pal , You are one very talented lady ,well done you , I bet the lady you made it for was over the moon with it , I know I would have been were it for me xxx
@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Emmmmmmm, you could say she was over the moon with it... she kept coming over and hugging and kissing me, saying how beautiful it was. Thank you for your comments, both here and on the actual picture. I forgot, before I looked at the larger picture, that I had dusted it with gold petal dust after it was finished. It was to tone the colours down a little and give the cake a glow and I think it worked. lol. I do that on Christmas Cakes with icing sugar through a tea strainer, so it looks as though it's snowed on my Christmas Cakes. :) Brightest Blessings my dear friend, and thank you once again. xxx
@weemam (13377)
18 Sep 07
you are very welcome pal , I enjoy reading your discussions and I love to see the pictures xxx
@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
I'm pleased to hear that, my friend. :)
@raydene (9874)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I have one question..When can I expect to recieve my piece? It looks lovely and I bet everyone had a nice time. Many hugs my friend
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@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Hugs Between Friends - Val, hugging Timmy, a local regular at the pub and good friend to all. I don't know where she got that expression but it could have been the drink! lol.
Awwwww, I'll have to ask the lady herself, because she was quite anxious to get the remainder home! ha ha ha. If it was my cake, I'd willingly send you a piece and yes, everybody had a grand time. Another pic taken at the party might give you some idea! Don't ask about the expression on her face, but this is the lady whose party it was, hugging a villager who is a regular at the pub, and who has lived here all his life. Brightest Blessings, my dear friend. Hope you're keeping well. xxx
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
20 Sep 07
What wonderful kind eyes your friend has. I always look at eyes ..they are the window to the soul you know..but only if you have the eyes to see! Thanks for sharing Doll xoxoxo
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@Darkwing (21588)
21 Sep 07
Yes, I agree eyes are the windows to your soul, my friend. She has very brown eyes, and very happy eyes too... which I think make her look younger and more attractive. Brightest Blessings.
@balasri (26553)
• India
19 Sep 07
Wow it looks so nice and angelic.It is a pity that I was unable to have a piece of it.Anyway happy belated Birth day wishes my friend.
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@Darkwing (21588)
20 Sep 07
Thank you very much Balasri but it wasn't my birthday. However, mine is in thirteen days time, and I'll gladly accept your good wishes, my friend. he he he. Brightest Blessings.
@balasri (26553)
• India
22 Sep 07
It is my pleasure.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Your cake was beautiful. I wish you lived near me. I need to make a cake for grand daughters birthday party this weekend. It is a pirate party. I'm think either skull and crossbones or a treasure chest. Got any tips for me?
• United States
18 Sep 07
My vote is for the treasure chest. Then you can fill the inside of the cake with something special like a cream filling or fruit filling.
@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Thank you. I have made quite a few cakes so it's not such a task for me. Great... a pirate's cake... yes, I do have some ideas for this. A treasure chest is just the ticket, and if you can get hold of the bits in the States, here's what I suggest. Take some moulding icing, or roll-out icing and cut a deep, brick shape, to the size you need. Allow it to dry out for 24 hours, then using brown food colouring or cocoa mixed with water, paint the brick brown, trying to streak it a little, like wood. Allow this to dry, but whilst waiting, mould another piece of icing into a rounded lid shape. It can be solid... there's no need to hollow it out, and the same base size as the chest. Then, paint that with the same colour as the main part of the chest and leave that to dry. Meanwhile, take a trip to one of your inexpensive stores, and gather some gold wrapped coins, a candy necklace, fruit gums, which look like gems, or something, enough to almost cover the top of the chest, hang out of the front, and place on the cake in front of the chest so they look as though they've tumbled out. Take your treasures home and leaving space at the back to attach the lid, lay some on the top of the brick shape. These will hold the lid ajar, and hold it in place. Next, attach your chest base to the cake and when dry, attach the lid to the back of the chest base, resting it on the treasures so as to slant the lid open. Attach the lid with Royal Icing, as this will dry hard and do a better job of fixing the lid more securely. Phewwwww... sounds like a lot of work but simple really. Ok, so next, colour a small piece of icing black and roll it out until quite thin, then cut four pieces of strap... two long enough to attach to the front of the chest, and two to attach to the back and bring up over the lid of the chest, with a rounded end hanging over the front edge of the lid. Then, attach pieces of your treasure which you have left over, on the top of the cake in front of the chest as though they've fallen out. Then, I would be inclined to colour a small piece of icing cream, roll it out thinly, and cut a small oblong shape, making the edges tatty, this to be used as a treasure map. Curl the corners up slightly or place over a rolling pin or something similar to dry. Paint on your map, and mark an X on it in red, then allow the print to dry before attaching it to the cake, close to the chest. You could attach things like skull and crossbones, eye patches, compasses, cutlasses and other things to do with pirates, to the sides of the cake, and if you're really ambitious, why not first colour some roll-out icing green and cut it in the shape of an island, big enough to cover most of the top of the cake, and using as a base for your chest? This would add colour and authenticity to the cake. Well, I hope I didn't ramble on too long, and that I made everything clear, but you're welcome to come back and ask about anything which you're not sure of. I'd be happy to help. Good luck with your project. I'm sure the finished cake will be well-accepted, and if done this way, there's not a thing can't be eaten! :)
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
21 Sep 07
Very talented indeed Darkwing, runs in your family! Loved the cake :)
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@Darkwing (21588)
30 Sep 07
My apologies to you Maddysmommy. I seem to have missed a couple of these responses in my e-mail. Then again, I had a lot of trouble with it last week, so perhaps the alert got lost. Thank you very much, my friend and Brightest Blessings.
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
20 Sep 07
What a fantastic job you did of the cake. It looks superb. Im glad you took pictures so we could see your work. I wish you were closer, i could of got you to do my parents 50th anniversary cake next year. The flowers sounded lovely. You will probablysoon be working on christmas cakes, if you do them. I usually do some, butdont getaround to icing them. My brothers girls make and decorate cakes for christmas, they do a good job too. Best wishes to you,Darkwing
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@Darkwing (21588)
20 Sep 07
Thank you, my dear friend. I would love to do your parents anniversary cake if only I lived closer but I doubt it would survive the trip to Oz. lol. As for Christmas cakes, I don't do too many now. I've trained my son, who loves Christmas to do his own, and his daughters like to help him decorate it. So, there's just one for me, one for my Mum and one for the old boy who lives in another lane in the village. He has diabetes, so has to have a special one which I cover with diabetic chocolate, then decorate with items made from white diabetic chocolate. He loves them, as he was never able to eat the normal cakes he got. It's a bit of a sticky job but Freddie's a sweet old boy and I don't mind doing it in order that he can enjoy some of the niceties of Christmas. If any other orders come in, I do them, but I don't go to work in the office any more, and the people who used to order from the pub, don't see me much now I don't work there. It's Sod's Law, isn't it... more time, and fewer cakes. ha ha ha Brightest Blessings.
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
19 Sep 07
It sounds, unusual and delightful. Can't see it as I'm responding to alerts, will comment shortly...:)
@Darkwing (21588)
20 Sep 07
No problem, MsTickle. You sound very busy! lol. Brightest Blessings.
@nyumix (1661)
• Belgium
19 Sep 07
I don't see some thing wrong with your cake if I see it from the pictures. I also like to bake a cake, maybe you can give me a recipe so I can try it here in my kitchen. I'm also still learning how to decorate a cake, maybe we can give each other more information about that when we have one.
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@Darkwing (21588)
20 Sep 07
It depends what type of cake you like. This was just a plain, victoria sponge, with marzipan and roll-out icing. The rest, I did from my decorating techniques. A basic 7-8 inch sponge cake, I would make with 14oz Butter or Margaring, 14 oz Caster Suger, 14 oz Self Raising Flour, and 7 eggs. This would require about one hour twenty minutes cooking time, on 300C. For decorating ideas, I would suggest the Wilton site again, and if you're in the States and unclear about the measures I've given, you'll probably find a Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe online somewhere if you just type that in. http://www.wilton.com/cake/icing/coloringicing.cfm Thank you for your comments and Brightest Blessings.
@beaniegdi (1966)
19 Sep 07
The cake looks lovely and what a lot of trouble and care you have taken over it, she must have been really touched and happy to be given it. I am not suprised you recieved flowers as well as payment, you certainly deserved them.
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@Darkwing (21588)
20 Sep 07
Awwww, thank you Beanie. She was really pleased with the cake and the party turned out wonderfully well. Great fun was had by all. Brightest Blessings.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
18 Sep 07
that is really a very beautiful cake... you are very creative... i would like to learn about cake decorating as well... may be you can give me some tips on how to start... :-)
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@Darkwing (21588)
20 Sep 07
Thank you Lingli. I started when my sister asked me to make cakes for her kids' birthdays. She had four of her own, and two of her second hubby's, so I had plenty of practice. Then, I started making them for mine and parents saw them and started asking if I could make their kids one. It escalated a bit when I made my Son and Daughter-in-Law's wedding cake. From there, I started getting wedding cake orders. I took pictures and put them in an album, which is lost now, unfortunately. But that's just my story, I copied things, from books, and memory... practiced with flowers and other shapes, like dalmations, racing cars, etc. etc. You can get lessons here, but that costs, so I kept putting books on my gift list, and working from them. This site might help you as I found Wilton's books very handy, and this is free. http://www.wilton.com/cake/icing/coloringicing.cfm Good luck with your project. Perhaps you'll come back and tell me how you get on. Brightest Blessings.
@mummymo (23707)
18 Sep 07
Well my dearest friend not only are you a very special lady you are also very talented! What a gorgeous cake this was and I am sure it tasted just as good as it looks! Maybe you can make one for my 40th in a couple of years? xxx
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@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Sure, I would love to make you a cake for your 40th. Getting it to you might present a bit of a problem, but I've never been to Scotland in my life, so it might be a good thing to do, and perhaps bring Gabs along. :) There... that's sorted! ha ha ha. Which leaves me just to thank you very much for your special words again. I have to tell you that I've done something to my back and it's driving me nuts sitting here. I might go take a nice warm bath and see if some added lavender oil will help relax the muscle tension. Brightest Blessings my dear friend. xx
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I think it looks great and you did a good job with the theme and design. I really don't have any pointers for now. If I think of them I'll post, but I think your cake was really well done.
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@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Thank you very much Progamer for your valued comments. A lot of it was due to suggestions from my friends in here. One suggested Sunset and another handcuffs, and the lady's hubby said make it flowery, so I put together the Sunset colours in the flowers, which became Autumn-like, and used the handcuff idea. Brightest Blessings.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I like the cake very much. I did leave a comment for you on the photo itself. I am telling you because I know you will not get a notice that you have comments. Awesome. Good work.
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@Darkwing (21588)
18 Sep 07
Thank you very much Royal, for both your comments here and on the picture. I forgot to tell you that I sprinkled the cake with gold petal dust through a tea strainer when completed, which is what gives it that Autumn glow and sheen whilst toning down the colours a little. I do so enjoy decorating cakes. Brightest Blessings in thanking you again.