With Mother’s day just a few weeks away it got me thinking about the perfect cake for this occasion! When I think of Mother’s day I think of flowers and pretty gift. A new trend when ordering flowers seems to be for them to come inside a hat box, so I thought this might just make the perfect cake. Now this cake isn’t just for mother’s day but would make a pretty birthday cake too. So for this weeks video tutorial I am going to show you how to make this beautiful buttercream bouquet of flowers which gives the impression they are sitting inside a hatbox.
So here we have the cake… I absolutely love how this has turned out and I hope you do too. Throughout the video I have tried to include lots of different techniques including how to pipe the buttercream flowers, how to cover the cake and how to make the board look like it is made of stone.
Creating a stone effect for the cake board
For the board I really wanted it to become a feature of the cake and compliment the pretty floral design, so I chose a stone effect. I love how the hatbox looks sitting on this board and think it really sets the scene for this cake. The board is created using the modelling tools in the image below, by pushing into the incing / fondant and adding texture to the surface it really came to life. I then finished it off with some edible tints just to pick out all the detail.
The Buttercream flowers
The main focus of the cake is this beautiful dome of buttercream flowers on the top. With a range of pinks, purples, creams and the green flower buds and leaves it gives for a very soft finish.
In the video below I show you how to pipe the closed peonies with the number #123 piping tip, the large and small roses with the #104 piping tip, which has a tear drop shaped end. The small cream chrysanthemums which can also look a little like a dahlia with the #79 piping tip. The whole bouquet is then brought together with little clusters of flower buds, filling in all the gaps which are created with the #3 & #2 piping tips, and lastly the delicate green leaves with the #352 piping tip.
This was so much fun to make and I loved the finished cake, but one of my favourite things on the cake is actually the knot!
I know its just a knot but I love how the ribbon comes down from the hat box and looks like it is tied around a little tag which says ‘mum’. You really can add any message onto this cake, but I chose to use my sweetstamp cookie letter set by Amy Cakes as it was the perfect size to fit onto the tag. I then filled the embossed letters in with a combination of turquoise gel colour, a little bit of white gel colour and some alcohol to make a paint and really make the text stand out.
I really hope you like the cake and enjoy watching how I made all the elements and put the cake together. Just click on the video below for the full tutorial…
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Tools I used
I have also put a link below to some of the tools I used throughout this video:
Cookie Sweetstamp set: https://amycakes.online/collections/sweet-stamp/products/sweet-stamp-cookie-size
Modelling tools: http://amzn.to/2iU4CuQ
Edible glue: http://amzn.to/2iYkZXm
Rolling Pin: http://amzn.to/2lkPtA1
Turn Table: http://amzn.to/2CfVJUl
Squires Flexi Smoothers: http://amzn.to/2hZ0lpS
Metal Scrapper Tool: http://amzn.to/2BNjf7v
Plastic Smoothers: http://amzn.to/2pPcb96
#123 piping tip: https://amzn.to/2TH8P6w
#104 piping tip: https://amzn.to/2CotqBS
#79 piping tip: https://amzn.to/2TF6OI7
#3 piping tip: https://amzn.to/2T4WHXP
#2 piping tip: https://amzn.to/2Cou2HG
#352 piping tip: https://amzn.to/2TCjCPi
Piping bags I use: http://amzn.to/2xqeDlM
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