Some stencilling for my Nan

I had two cakes to make in the same week, one for my Nan's birthday, the other for my nieces Christening - so no elaborate carousels this time!

If this cake looks familiar it's because I took inspiration from the middle tier of Ad & Iona's wedding cake.

I needed something quick but pretty and as the the stencilling worked out so well for the wedding cake, I thought this would be ideal for my Nan's cake. Well it wasn't so straight forward this time. I'd bought a new stencil and with its fancy design I struggled to get it flush to the cake. My icing bled underneath and I had to spend quite a bit of time fixing it with a teeny tiny paintbrush. 

It's fair to say my cake mojo abandoned me on this one. I'd also created several white roses to fill the top but only one little bud survived. I don't know what I did wrong, the others just fell apart. Frustrating as I was intending to use them to cover the flaws in my fondant - hence the randomly placed petals. 

As Duff would say "Cake decorating is smoke and mirrors". It looked alright in the end and the main thing is we all enjoyed eating it!


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