Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Ivory & Platinum Diamond Wedding Anniversary Cake

I love it when my crafts cross-pollenate; and that certainly was the case recently when it was my parents Diamond Wedding Anniversary.  I've already shared with you the card that I made for them, which acted as inspiration for the cake I made for their surprise party.
Platinum & Ivory Diamond Wedding Anniversary Cake and Card
Platinum and Ivory Diamond Wedding Anniversary Cake and Card
The cake is a two-tier sponge - using my own recipe, and I can promise you, it's moist, tender and yummilicious.  The bottom layer was 8"/2ocm and is covered in platinum-coloured sugar paste.  I achieved this finish by colouring my sugarpaste grey - which doesn't look good until you add the magic touch of Pearl Lustre spray! The top-teir is an offset 6"/15cm cake, covered in ivory paste.

When I first started cake decorating in earnest two years ago, I invested a wide range of Little Venice Cake Company baking and decorating equipment.  The equipment is made by DoCrafts, a brand I was familiar with from my papercrafting and I have to say I have been extremely impressed with the quality and value of the kit that I've bought from LVCC.   I especially like their baking tins (I have 2 complete sets in both round and square), the extra long rolling pin, their cake knives (serrated and cranked) and my absolute favourite - the acrylic work boards that I use all the time and is actually the bases beneath both cakes (don't do this if you're giving the cake away, but it's saves so much money on disposable cake boards if the cake is for a personal event or occassion).

Sugarpaste flowers embossed with Tonic Studios Embossing Folders
However, this is most definitely a fusion of crafts - for my regular blog readers, can you guess what I used to emboss my flower cut-outs?  Yes - my new Tonic embossing folders!  I need to give a disclaimer here, as obviously these folders were not designed to be used with food.  Also, I have kept the ones that I used for sugarpaste work entirely seperate from the ones I use for papercraft. I washed the folders in warm, soapy water and dried them thoroughly with a clean tea-towel before use.  


Fondant flowers embossed with Tonic Studios Embossing Folders
My technique was to roll-out the sugar paste into sections roughly 15cm x 15cms, then I transferred it into the embossing folder which I had lightly dusted with cornflour, closed the folder, then rolled over it 2-3 times with my medium sugarpaste rolling pin.  (I did not put the folder through my Grand Calibur, as I think this would make a very sticky mess). Then I carefully lifted the embossed paste onto my acrylic workboard and cut out the flowers (again, please note, I did not cut out the flowers whilst the paste was still on the embossing folder, in case the cutting edge of the dies damaged the surface of the embossing folder).  I used Tonic Studios Martha and Amelia Embossing Folders.
Fantasy Sugar-paste Flower with a pave-pearl centre
The focal point of the cake is this fantasy flower with a pave-pearl centre, made with the same ivory sugarpaste as I used to cover the top tier but strengthened with some CMC.














Finally, I added a kaleidoscope of butterflies, also decorated with sugar pearls, echoing the design of my anniversary card. Here's one final look at this cake and card together.  Do you combine crafting inspiration across more than one craft, do let me know?
Diamond Wedding Anniversary Platinum & Ivory Cake and Card

I'd like to enter this cake into the following challenges:

ABC - J is for Just as You Like
Crafty Calendar - Things with Wings
Crafty Catz - B is for
Creative Card Crew - Girly
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Monochromatic with Ribbon Pin It Now!

37 comments:

  1. WOW Dips both of these are absolutely gorgeous.

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  2. Oh My Gosh!, these are absolutely gorgeous, love the way you've managed to match the colours of both the card and the cake.....

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  3. WOW Dips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your parents must have been blown away by your stunning card and cake, the colours are perfect, love the vintage style to reflect 60 years on the card and the cake looks far to good to cut up and eat, thanks for sharing and hope your parents have many more happy years together, congratulations on this milestone anniversary, Fi xxx

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  4. Absolutely stunning!! What more can I say..... Thanks for playing along at ABC Challenges.

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  5. amazing !! ... how lovely of you to do this for your lovely parents and I am sure they loved it to bits ... how ever could they cut into that cake ... I could just do with a "small" or large piece now to have with my coffee ... have just become a follower of your blog thought I already was !! lol ... hope you have a great tgif honey ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  6. One word Fantastic...I bet they were so proud of you..stunning work ... Happy hopping. Sharon x

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  7. Stunning cake, I would have to keep it definitely could not cut into it. Just hopping by.

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  8. Fabulous pieces of work - must have taken you ages to make!

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  9. WOW a stunning cake ,love the detail on it, your parents must have been delighted with it
    love the card too it beautiful, its my parents Diamond wedding anniversary in July, but unfortunately i wont be able to do them a cake like that lol

    have a lovely weekend
    Lorna xx

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  10. Oh my! I know you said this week you were showing something different...WOW! this is a stunning cake - you should be really proud of yourself, you really have a great eye for detail. Love it!

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  11. Lovely work....the cake and card are beautiful
    hoppity x

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  12. hi again dips ... have already commented on your lovely card and cake ... but just hopping about and wanted to say hi ... hope you have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  13. The cake and card are both gorgeous. Interesting use of embossing folders. Just hopped over from Do-crafts. Jackie

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  14. Wow...just love the cake and your gorgeous card....Joolsx

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  15. OMG, amazing !!! I love it. Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew. Good luck, Joanna DT

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  16. This is amazing! I wish I was as creative

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  17. Lovely card and the cake is stunning! Makes me want cake!!! lol
    On the hop over from dc x

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  18. Hi Dips, I thought I'd already left you a comment on this earlier in the week, but can't see it so I'm writing again to be sure. I LOVE this, it's fantastic the way you managed to match the colours,on the card and the cake, not to mention the design. Your crafting is wonderful and I always enjoy visiting your blog. Love Maddy x

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  19. how amazing - absolutely stunningxxx

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  20. Wow, wow, wow!!! The card and the cake are just breathtaking Dips. You are so multi-talented.
    Heike xx

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  21. WOW absolutely stunning love all the details I am absolutely gobsmacked
    carol x

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  22. Wow! Absolutely amazing card and cake! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

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  23. Fabulous cake thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan

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  24. Very beautiful and very tasty set. Bravo!
    Thank you for participating in our challenge at Creative card Crew.
    Adriana DT

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