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on: April 25, 2019 09:40:18 AM 
Started by edelC, Message by edelC
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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
 
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on: April 26, 2019 08:43:17 AM 
Started by edelC, Message by edelC
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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

 
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