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« 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)


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« Reply #1 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?
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« Reply #2 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.

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019 10:12:31 AM »

Its beautiful!!!
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« Reply #4 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!!
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« Reply #5 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
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2019 10:44:56 AM »

That cake is so fab!
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« Reply #7 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...  Grin Congratulations on your coming wedding! I hope it is joyful and as low stress as possible!
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2019 11:59:36 AM »

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR UPCOMING NUPTIALS!   Grin  Kiss

WOW! This is amazing! It looks very professional! I am very curious about this traditional rich fruit cake idea, too.
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« Reply #9 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 Wink ) 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
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