Phew, it's been busy around here! Life is settling back to normal now though, with The Muffin back at school (she has just started Grade One - goodness my baby is growing up!)
The Muffin's latest obsession has, for a while now, been the Rainbow Magic fairy books, by Daisy Meadows. For her birthday, she obviously wanted a Rainbow Magic fairy party. I had plans to make a plain round cake and decorate it, but The Muffin had other ideas. "Mummy can I have a Pot At The End Of The Rainbow? With the fairies all in it?" I warned her there would be a fair bit of black involved, which she was (somewhat surprisingly) fine with, and then we compromised on her four favourite fairies, rather than all seven. In the long run, this was her cake:
The cake itself was white chocolate Madeira cake layered with raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream (The Muffin's choice). All the decorations were made from sugarpaste with a bit of CMC mixed in. The fairies were made naked, and then their clothing and hair was painted on with royal icing.
Amber would have looked better suspended on white florists' wire rather than green, I think, but I didn't have any strong enough. It was less noticeable at the party, as it wasn't against the white background!
I was very pleased with my Bertram The Frog:
But in the end, I actually think this was my favourite bit of the whole cake:
I had racked my brains trying to think how I was going to do the inside of the Pot At The End Of The Rainbow. Obviously it couldn't be hollow (with furniture in it), because then there would be no cake in it. But I didn't want to just do it black, either. This was quite a black cake for a six year old anyway, I thought! And then suddenly I had a great idea: what would you see if you looked into a pot full of Rainbow Fairies? Why, rainbow colours of course! And lots and lots of sparkles, obviously (which once again Do Not show up in photographs). I thought it was quite effective, The Muffin was thrilled - and it was Super Easy. Win-win!
We also had cookies - I'll show you those tomorrow!