This cake was made for my very good friend Emma. She helps keep me sane when work drives me nuts. She’s the voice of reason when I’m being overly critical. We steal each other’s files and claim them as our own on our respective building projects. She’s mad as a badger when she’s not being the voice of reason, extremely accident prone (never let her near a sharpened pencil with an elastic band attached to it) and we generally misbehave like naughty children, laughing until we’re crying when we’re in the same room.
Her mum asked me to make her cake for her 40th birthday. Do whatever I like but incorporate various things that sum up Emma. She likes……Harry Potter, Aliens, Books, Films, Food (not yoghurt) Baseball Caps, any Modern Technology.
I decided to make a book shaped cake – that’s ‘books’ covered – and then add decorations to cover the rest of the list.
I used simple elements for Harry Potter that would be instantly recognisable but not too taxing trying to model. The Sorting Hat, Harry’s scarf and a Golden Snitch. The Snitch was harder than it should have been! Ruddy thing had a death wish! A simple idea – sturdy florist wire bent into a hook at one end and inserted into a ball of fondant/modelling paste with rice paper wings. See….simple. Except the ball was quite heavy and had a kamikaze habit of falling over to spite me which meant I had to keep repairing the wings. Initially the wings were slotted directly into the ball. I’d repaired the wings at least twice before spraying with gold lustre spray….. and the dampness of the spray caused the wings to melt right off GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!
Back to the drawing board. I sprayed another couple of sheets of rice paper and let them dry completely before cutting them out again. This time I attached them to a cocktail stick so I could stick them into the ball which had hardened. The effing thing fell over once more an hour later not long before we were due to take it to the party and it came quite close to being thrown into the wall. Several deep breaths and much construction worker fruity language later and I repaired it for what I hoped would be the final time (packed the edible glue for the party just in case).
I decided to cover Aliens, Baseball Caps and Modern Technology in one. I made a simple frame out of florist wire for half an alien and covered it in modelling paste, gave him a baseball cap and a teeny-weeny iPhone. I also made a larger iPhone by covering a Nice biscuit in black fondant and adding fiddly little apps logos which were hand painted.
Cinema Tickets were added to symbolise ‘Films’. It’s only now as I write this that I realise I missed off ‘Food’ from the list. Oh well. It’s cake, I’m sure that counts.
I’m pleased to report that the Golden Snitch arrived intact!