60 sugarpaste Flowers

60 Sugarpaste Flowers

60 small sugar paste flowers on a towering layer cake can only mean one thing –  this is a special occasion.

This birthday cake was made for a very special friend who I have known for a lifetime. We travelled Europe together when we left school, shared secrets, dreams, more gin and tonics than I care to mention, and we laughed and cried together.  We married boys who were also friends, had our babies at the same time, and although for many years we lived in different cities, we were always in touch, and finally ended up living in the same town once again. As we grow older, we realise it becomes less important to have more friends, and more important to have real ones.

Moodboard for vintage flowers

When I make a cake I always start with a mood board.  I can then look at it each day, change colours and rethink my ideas.

As Noels loves flowers,  I decided to make 60 small flowers to form a flower garden cake topper.   I love vintage colours and I knew they would be just perfect for the type of flowers I wanted to make.  I started by mixing my fondant into the colours I needed and then over a week or two made lilacs, rose buds, lavender, lilies, carnations, daisies and hydrangea buds.

Vintage fondant flowers

The cake was made up of  5  layers of vanilla, and lemon poppyseed, filled with very thin layers of butter icing, so that it wasn’t too sweet, and covered with soft green and white fondant ribbon strips. All the flowers were wired so it was so easy to just pop them onto the cake at the last minute.

Vintage cake with flowers

I am not a professional cake decorator, and the humidity in Durban is pretty high at the moment, so my fondant was less than perfect, but even though this cake was not perfect, it was made with love for a special friend. Happy Birthday Noels.

Cutting vintage cake

For the Poppyseed layer I used this recipe – Lemon and Poppyseed drizzle cake.

Vintage fondant flowers

For the Vanilla layers I used this recipe –  Vanilla Wedding Cake

flower garden cake
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  • Reply Tracy March 9, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    It’s so special to have wonderful friends. Great job with this cake it looks really nice

  • Reply Blair March 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM


  • Reply MERCIA JACOBS March 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    What an absolutely AWESOME AWESOME CAKE ! outstanding!

  • Reply Caryll March 9, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Absolutely beautiful Ev , Happy Birthday Noels xx

  • Reply Marie March 10, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Wow, Ev – I recall the humidity in Durbs – that’s a labour of love indeed! A pretty, feminine, floral cake for a beautiful, feminine friend who loves flowers!
    Happy birthday Noelene xxx

  • Reply jessica March 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    This looks like such a labour of love – your friend sure is lucky to have you

  • Reply Joanie March 17, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    And it tastes as good as it looks!

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