Today is my Mum’s birthday. And I managed to make her cry! I honestly didn’t mean to. All I did was make her a surprise birthday cake. I didn’t think that me making a cake for a member of my family’s birthday would actually be much of a surprise anymore, but apparently so.
My parents were coming to Manchester for a birthday shopping trip so I finally had the opportunity to give one of them their presents on their actual birthday, which was really nice. I will add that today, my mum also received her mother’s day present but that was due to a miscalculation before. I went to visit, I just didn’t actually bring the gift with me…
I think it could have been the chaos of a monster cake equipment delivery, preparations for a busy few weeks of caking in the kitchen, piles of files and half-completed paperwork, my other half’s half unpacked Welsh camping trip, Bird and Bird Lodger…
…or my huge to do list and she felt guilty…but the overall effect was that she cried. I’ve never had anyone cry over a cake before. It was a very emotional moment for us both.
The cake was a vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam, covered in white sugarpaste with dusky pink ribbon, board and fabric style printed dusky pink flowers. Plus a touch of irridescent glitter to add a bit of sparkle. I’m calling it my Sugar Plum Flower cake.
I particularly loved the effect of the triple ribbon, something simple but a little bit different.
Don’t worry, my dad also got a surprise cake for his birthday. He has a rule of plain, simple, not too much effort and no icing. He doesn’t like to think of me spending hours slaving over his birthday cake…but as if I wouldn’t! I stuck to one of his rules anyway, well, except for the flower detail 😉
This was something a little bit different as well. A dark blue buttercream base with ice blue buttercream peaks, softened by a scattering effect, with a pistachio green flower detail (inspired by the stand that I then displayed it on).
The softer effects you can achieve on buttercream cakes are really, really popular at the moment and I love creating them. You can keep it simple or add a lot of detail but it always looks absolutely delicious!
Until next time,