My friend Emma called me on the wednesday before the Diamond Jubilee. If she was to bake a cake, could I possibly make it into a Corgi? Hmmmm. I looked around at some Corgi cakes online and came to the conclusion that it would be a little bit ambitious, and I would probably end up making something completely unappetizing (slice of small, possessed-looking dog, anyone?)
But Corgis are cute, and very much a symbol of the Queen. So I had a think, and sketched some ideas. It was then that I came up with this "diorama" cake design, and I got very excited.
The last cake I made was for my son and featured some dinosaurs that I painted onto cut-out pieces of gumpaste (you can see the cake here). I really enjoyed making those dinosaurs and found the painting-on-hard-icing technique not too difficult.
So I picked some symbols, found some pictures online to work from, and set about making and painting the different pieces.
The corgis are from this cross stitch pattern which I had just stitched for a friend
after seeing it featured in Mollie Makes magazine.
I used Mexican paste for the flag, crest and corgis as it dries super hard. I made the Mexican paste myself (so easy!!) using this recipe. I rolled it out to about 4mm thick, placed the pictures on it and cut around with a sharp knife.
To mark out the details of each picture I laid the pic on top of the paste and poked through lightly with a clean pin.
I then filled in the colours using Wilton colour paste mixed with vodka and a very fine paint brush. When the paint was dry, I went round the outlines with an edible black pen.
I secured toothpicks to the back of the corgis and crest by using a small piece of mexican paste laid over the toothpick and stuck down with a little cool, boiled water. For the Union Jack I used kebab skewers as it needed to stand higher than the other figures.
Then to assemble I crumb coated the cake, iced it with buttercream and then with white fondant. I then drew the bunting flags on with edible black pen and filled them in with food colouring "paint".
And here is a rare pic of me cutting the cake in my red and blue finery. Usually I prefer to be behind the camera!
Did you celebrate the Diamond Jubliee? I'd love to hear about it!