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Mummy Makes Cakes: Celebrating 40 Years of Love and Music

Image: A delicious cake adorned with a musical theme. Last weekend, our family gathered to celebrate a momentous occasion - my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. As the designated cake-maker in the family, I couldn't resist...

Ruby anniversary cake Image: A delicious cake adorned with a musical theme.

Last weekend, our family gathered to celebrate a momentous occasion - my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. As the designated cake-maker in the family, I couldn't resist the opportunity to create a masterpiece to mark this special milestone. The possibilities were endless, from a luscious red velvet cake to one with hidden hearts inside, but in the end, I settled for a simple yet impactful design: a large round cake with a musical theme, reminiscent of the stunning Diamond wedding anniversary cake I made last year for a dear friend's grandparents.

A Melodious Masterpiece

For this cake, I decided to use a light vanilla sponge as my base. I adapted my usual recipe slightly to make it even more divine. After baking and cooling the cakes, I covered them with a layer of smooth vanilla frosting. Using ready-to-roll fondant icing, I then meticulously decorated the cake with delicate spun sugar hearts and a beautiful treble clef. To add an extra touch of elegance, I adorned the edges with fondant hearts, each embellished with a sugar pearl at its core. The cake board was not forgotten, as I carefully added fondant ivy and charming red candy hearts to complete the overall presentation.

Baking Instructions: A Musical Journey

To help you recreate this delectable masterpiece, here's a breakdown of the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 500g castor sugar
  • 500g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 7 large eggs (beaten)
  • 4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 500g self-raising flour

Instructions:

  1. Butter and line two 9-inch cake tins, then preheat your oven to 170°C.
  2. In a freestanding mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add the beaten eggs mixed with vanilla essence, gradually incorporating them into the buttercream.
  4. Add 2-4 spoonfuls of flour to stabilize the mixture, then add another third of the egg mixture.
  5. Repeat the previous step until all the egg mixture has been added, and then fold in the remaining flour.
  6. Divide the batter equally between the two cake tins, and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Once baked, carefully transfer the cakes onto wire racks to cool.

The Finishing Touches

After the cakes are thoroughly cooled, level them using a cake leveler or a sharp knife. Apply a generous layer of vanilla frosting between the layers and on the outside of the cake. You can find my standard vanilla frosting recipe here. Now, it's time to work with the fondant. Roll it out on a non-stick mat or greaseproof paper, then gently roll it up and unroll it upside down onto the cake. Carefully remove the mat or paper, smoothing the fondant over the cake. If you need a visual guide, you can find step-by-step pictures in my Lego Superhero's cake tutorial.

To create the music stave (lines), I prepared some red-colored water icing. I also made red-colored spun sugar for the hearts and treble clef.

Recipe for Spun Sugar:

  • 125g castor sugar
  • 112g water
  • Red food coloring
  • Jam/sugar thermometer
  • Sheet of baking foil

Instructions:

  1. Lay out the baking foil and sprinkle it with freeze-dried raspberries.
  2. Prepare a bowl of cold water large enough to fit your pan.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water until you achieve your desired shade.
  4. Dissolve 125g of castor sugar in 112g of water and heat in a pan. Avoid stirring to prevent crystallization.
  5. Heat the sugar until it reaches 155°C (the hard crack point). Immediately transfer the pan to the bowl of cold water for a few seconds to halt the cooking process. Be cautious not to get any water into the pan, and ensure the bottom is dry to prevent water droplets from affecting the poured sugar.
  6. Drizzle the molten sugar from a spoon onto the baking foil, shaping it into hearts and a treble clef. You can also create little drops of sugar to edge the cake board. Take care, as the sugar will be extremely hot.
  7. To clean the pan, fill it with water, boil for 5 minutes, and then discard the water.

To enhance the charm of the cake, I added fondant hearts around the sides and incorporated a small dip in the center of each heart using the end of a paintbrush. I secured a white sugar pearl in the center of each heart with a blob of edible glue.

The final touch was placing the cake on a white fondant-covered cake board, accentuating it with fondant ivy and sugarpaste lettering.

Ruby wedding cake side view Image: A stunning side view of the Ruby wedding cake.

As we celebrated my parents' enduring love and commitment, the cake stood as a testament to their journey, filled with beautiful music and sweet memories. It not only delighted their taste buds but also touched their hearts.

So, next time you have a special occasion to celebrate, remember that a well-crafted cake can be more than just a treat for the palate. It can become a symbol of love, joy, and cherished moments shared with loved ones, making the celebration truly unforgettable.

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