I had the honor of making a baby shower cake for my dear friend, Erika. It was only fitting that I designed something very British since her and her husband decided on the name, London for their little girl.
I was thrilled when I saw that Anne Heap of The Pink Cake Box has just recently launched a new class on Craftsy.com with fantastic tutorials for figurines.
Even better was that Anne had included a tutorial to make a sitting pregnant lady! How perfect!!!
Anne’s steps were completely easy to follow, involved many tips and techniques to ease the process and she made it fun! Her casual teaching style and engaging personality made the videos incredibly enjoyable.
The figure took several days to fully assemble and dry so, if you do decide to purchase her class in preparation for a topper, make sure to allow your self plenty of preparation time. And before I forget, here’s a link to 25% off her class! http://www.craftsy.com/caketoppers25
OK, and here’s my thinking behind the rest of the cake. I knew I wanted to incorporate the Union Jack flag for the bottom tier. To make it a bit more fluid and flag like, I decided to continue the striping down the sides of the cake and onto the cake board below. I think it gave the whole thing a bit more “BAM”!
I wanted the cake to have a lot of oomph so I designed the cake to include the large rose between the 1st and 2nd tiers. After I drew up the design, I went back to my figurine and added the small red ruffle rose on her waistline to coordinate. Jamie at Yuma Couture Cakes kept posting photos of cakes with beautiful swags so I created these two toned swags for the top tier, set off with a small bow on the front. I used an awesome plaque cutter (from coppergifts.com, as well as alphabet cutters for London’s name and etched the side designs with a needle.
The bottom tier was chocolate rum with dark chocolate ganache and peanut butter swiss meringue buttercream and the top tier was a lemon cake with lemon curd and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream and in case you were wondering, Erika loved it!