I was pretty excited about doing this cake - not only was it a theme that I favour (girls and flowers!) but the recipient is my favourite little fan. I'm not naturally a 'kid' person - any cooing people may see is 99% of the time a result of forced acting - Lyla however is quite possibly, genuinely, the sweetest little girl I know. It's actually hard not to like her - she's always happy, really helpful, super loving, doesn't have to be forced to be polite and best of all, she's never spat on me! (why kids think sneezing and blowing raspberries on people is funny I will never understand)
This was my brief:
'I thought we'd go with a Hawaiian theme with Hibiscus flowers & frangipanis Could you please go with hawaiian theme, but focus on flowers as that's what Lyla asked for & add Happy 4th Birthday Lyla'.
Don't you just love how all I got from that was 'hibiscus flowers', 'frangipanis', 'Hawaiian theme', 'Lyla' and '4'? oops -talk about completely ignoring the client haha luckily this was a gift cake so I gave myself a little more free reign =P
|From inspiration to perspiration..?|
|Really pretty table decorations!|
I'm so happy to report that for the first time in what feels like months, this cake came together really easily (despite me deciding last minute not to use ganache under the fondant and just go with the cheaper option of chocolate buttercream and having to fiddle with that)! I drew inspiration to make the hibiscus stencils (made again with my Cameo Silhouette) while Steve and I were out at dinner and a little girl walked past wearing a pink dress with white hibiscus silhouettes. I'm really happy with how they worked out.
|A better view of the hibiscus stenciling on the cake|
|A closer look at some of the details|
I don't have any pictures of me cutting my cakes, or even just of me with my cakes, so I begged Tina to let me have a copy of the pictures she took. She sent me the close-ups and cross-section above, a couple of pictures of me cutting the cake, a couple with me and Lyla, and several of the birthday girl and her little brother enjoying my cakes. These pictures are such a treasure to me. Thank you Tina!
|Me butchering it - my fingers were clean, I swear!|