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Title: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 25, 2019 09:40:18 AM
I'm getting married in about 5 weeks and my original plan for a cake was to have a choc biscuit cake tier. Toffee rice Krispie cake tier and a traditional rich fruit cake tier. But then I realised that I would be making it and icing it a couple of days before the wedding, because two of the tiers wouldn't keep very long, and I will so much more to do that week. So I decided to make a traditional rich fruit cake in two layers because this keeps for months

In the end it became three layers because I had a can in the cupboard of mango puree, that was the perfect size for the top layer. So I baked the cakes using Delia Smith's recipe, her recipes always work.

Then marzipan and two layers of royal icing. I decided against fondant for the main part of the icing, because I don't really like the taste.

I had ordered a load of silicon moulds from AliExpress. So we used fondant to make shapes that were hand painted with food colouring when dry. And glittered.

The theme of the cake is the four elements, it goes from water at the bottom, earth for the middle layer, flowers in red and orange to represent fire and air is represented by butterflies on top.

Getting the royal icing smooth was the most difficult part. It's still not perfectly smooth, but it's good enough. I had lots of fun sticking on the fondant shapes. And by a happy happy coincidence, I bought a cake plate at a thrift store today and it works perfectly (and is not floating despite what your eyes are telling you)


Cake plate picture


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: bethntim on April 25, 2019 10:02:30 AM
#1-Mazel Tov on the impending nuptials!
#2-Holy hot dog that is the most amazing cake I've ever seen!!!  I would totally be bragging at the wedding if I were you!
The cake plate is a nice touch, did you buy it with that in mind or was it a happy accident once you got home?


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 25, 2019 10:07:40 AM
The plate was a happy accident-don't you love those? I bought it with some other desserts in mind, but it fits the cake perfectly.



Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: geekgirl1000100 on April 25, 2019 10:12:31 AM
Itís beautiful!!!


Title: Re: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: bethntim on April 25, 2019 10:19:06 AM
The plate was a happy accident-don't you love those? I bought it with some other desserts in mind, but it fits the cake perfectly.



YES!!!! Those are the best!!


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 25, 2019 10:21:57 AM
I just realised I never added the picture of the cake plate happy accident. It's there now


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: kittykill on April 25, 2019 10:44:56 AM
That cake is so fab!


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: EriChanHime on April 25, 2019 11:22:20 AM
That is an awesome (and, I expect, tasty) way to celebrate your wedding. You've done a wonderful job with the decorating and theme. I also applaud going the Royal icing route. I agree with you that fondant tastes lousy. I do not want my cakes to have a rind, thank you...  ;D Congratulations on your coming wedding! I hope it is joyful and as low stress as possible!


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: TheMistressT on April 25, 2019 11:59:36 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR UPCOMING NUPTIALS!   ;D  :-*

WOW! This is amazing! It looks very professional! I am very curious about this traditional rich fruit cake idea, too.


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 26, 2019 05:28:37 AM
Wedding cakes in this part of the world were always a rich fruitcake, the flour/eggs are only there to stick the fruit together. For a 6" cake you use about 17oz dried fruit and 4 Oz flour. And no raising agents, but plenty of spice. So it's a moist spicy cake, that keeps really well. Once baked-, some people feed it for a couple of weeks with brandy or other spirit. It's then covered with marzipan and royal icing (confectioners sugar+egg white+lemon juice, and a more modern addition of liquid glycerine, because without it the icing goes rock hard)

It will keep forever. Traditionally in Ireland, you kept one tier and after the birth of your first baby, (usually about 9 months later ;) ) you used the wedding cake tier as a christening cake. Generally at that stage the icing will have yellowed, and be tooth breakingly hard, so people would take off the old icing and re-ice it.

A new baby for me would be a miracle. So the cake will be eaten and given away


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 26, 2019 05:29:57 AM
The recipe https://www.deliaonline.com/information-centre/scaling-up-cake-recipes


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: bethntim on April 26, 2019 06:23:23 AM
okay that recipe sounds AMAZING!!!
Are you "feeding" the cake with brandy at intervals like she suggested or just letting it be?
This recipe has really piqued my interest!


Title: Re: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: TheMistressT on April 26, 2019 06:27:03 AM
Wedding cakes in this part of the world were always a rich fruitcake, the flour/eggs are only there to stick the fruit together. For a 6" cake you use about 17oz dried fruit and 4 Oz flour. And no raising agents, but plenty of spice. So it's a moist spicy cake, that keeps really well. Once baked-, some people feed it for a couple of weeks with brandy or other spirit. It's then covered with marzipan and royal icing (confectioners sugar+egg white+lemon juice, and a more modern addition of liquid glycerine, because without it the icing goes rock hard)

It will keep forever. Traditionally in Ireland, you kept one tier and after the birth of your first baby, (usually about 9 months later ;) ) you used the wedding cake tier as a christening cake. Generally at that stage the icing will have yellowed, and be tooth breakingly hard, so people would take off the old icing and re-ice it.

A new baby for me would be a miracle. So the cake will be eaten and given away

Thank you for sharing this! That cake sounds sooooo yummy!


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 26, 2019 08:31:11 AM
okay that recipe sounds AMAZING!!!
Are you "feeding" the cake with brandy at intervals like she suggested or just letting it be?
This recipe has really piqued my interest!

I'm not feeding it because I really wanted to get it decorated and done quite a bit before the wedding. But I've fed cakes in the past and it doesn't make a massive difference imho. The cake is very rich as it is.


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 26, 2019 08:43:17 AM
Speaking of fruit cakes with alcohol. This is the most delicious recipe. It's from a book from 1950s she writes really well and the line drawings are great. But this recipe is sensational. Its a lot lighter than the rich fruit cake. Try it! I guarantee you won't be disappointed





And some of the illustrations if anyone likes 50s art as much as me



Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: endymion on April 26, 2019 08:49:02 AM
Oh, Edel, this is spectacular!!!!


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: EriChanHime on April 26, 2019 10:44:56 AM
Nice! I don't enjoy boozy cakes, but I LOVE that cookbook art.  ;D


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 26, 2019 11:43:52 AM
Nice! I don't enjoy boozy cakes, but I LOVE that cookbook art.  ;D

I don't actually like sherry at all (or any fortified wine) but I love that sherry cake!? It's that good.

But yes, the art in that book is brilliant. It's the reluctant cook by Ethelind fearon. Worth trying to find second had because her writing is really fun.


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on April 28, 2019 12:42:38 PM
Ok, that  cookery book is fantastic. Also, you are a fabulous sculptor, who knew?!


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: Mistress Jennie on April 30, 2019 09:19:14 AM
Darling, your cake came out SO LOVELY!  I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I'm so happy for you, and am sending you all my love.

On a side note I like the idea of a campy horror movie about a cake that must be fed by it's maker, before it goes on a rampage of some sort.


Title: Re: My wedding cake is finished!
Post by: edelC on April 30, 2019 02:13:01 PM


On a side note I like the idea of a campy horror movie about a cake that must be fed by it's maker, before it goes on a rampage of some sort.

Ha!  Yes, that is brilliant