Peacock pride

by Danya Ho
(Kingston Jamaica)



Close up of Peakie in Progress
Close up of the Feathers

"I must have a peacock for my wedding cake"


Those were the most terrifying words I had ever heard from a bride to be.

What exactly was is thinking of when I accepted the challenge? Day after day I scoured the internet , viewed countless " how to" versions of making a Peacock wedding cake.

Sleepless nights and fretful days ensued. Then there was resolution. "I am the creator" why am I cowering in trepidation? And so the journey began in earnest.

Moulds were bought on Amazon, petal dust samples flooded my shopping cart, oodles of dawdling became the order of the day. I ate slept and thought "Peacock"

Finally eight days of construction began. Pounds and pounds of gumpste and fondant fashioned into one very proud looking peacock.."Peakie" as he became known as was taking form.

A nervous bride wanted a step by step progress report and so she was afforded the requests. Three hundred feathers each one hand painted and attached , countless bamboo skewers inserted to keep that proud look. Five hours on one tier attaching each feather with precision.

Eight hours later "Peakie" was ready for the long arduous journey from Kingston Jamaica to Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The final touches had to be done...seventy cupcakes arranged to depict his feathers fanned out each cupcake adorned with a feather sculpted from gumpaste and painted with petal dust and vodka. Oh what a regal affair. It was at the point of display a name emerged. "Peacock Pride"

A word from Lorelie:

Hi Donya Thank you so much for adding your awesome Peacock wedding cake and cake adventure to the website.

I think you have a gift for storytelling :-) You are truly brave to take this on. It does sound like it was fun and worth all the effort. I wish we could see the details more. If you have a close up of the details please send them to me through my contact page.

What flavors were the cakes, just curious...and was the bride completely blown away?

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Jul 01, 2016
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What a magnificent peacock!
by: Karol Ross

All of your trepidation appears to have paid off, that is a magnificent cake. I would be interested in seeing the close-up feathers, and the cupcakes were positively inspired. Beautiful!

Jul 01, 2016
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Incredible
by: Susan

The most innovative, incredible cake I have seen. Really too beautiful to cut into but I am sure everyone must have been blown away. I too would like to know what cake recipe you used. Thank you for sharing.

Jul 01, 2016
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WOW
by: kimmy NZ

Amazing - Well done. I also would love to see close up shot's if you have any. It was worth the sleepless night.

Jul 01, 2016
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Holy Peacock
by: Sandy

That's is a fantastic cake. I'd love to see closeups of the front of the cake also so we could see the face. The "feathers" are amazing. Mouths must have dropped when the guests saw that.
Congratulations!

Jul 03, 2016
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Peacock cake
by: Irene Grikoryan

WOW. What a lovely cake, well done!! Hope the bride was amazed just like I did.

Jul 03, 2016
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Peakie
by: Danya

Thank you all for your very kind and encouraging words. I do have some photos of the progress on making "Peakie" I had sent them to the bride as i constructed the bird so I have asked her to send them to me and then I will send them in a folder for you to have a look at. I believe it has been my most challenging cake to date but since then I am not afraid of a challenge :)

Jul 03, 2016
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peakie
by: Danya

oh I forgot I used a red velvet cake .



Recipe

Betty Crocker's Yellow cake mix

add 1/2 cup flour
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups butter milk ( in Jamaica we don't get butter milk so I soured it with 2 tablespoons of vinegar
1/4 softened margarine
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons super red food colouring
1/3 cup vegetable oil

I added flour to the mixture to give it some extra body as these cakes tend to be too light to take the weight of the fondant.

Having done this cake I wondered if i could have made "Peakie out of Rice Crispies. It would definitely have been lighter as "Peakie" weighed eight pounds.





Jul 06, 2016
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Amazing!
by: Aida

Such vision and and attention to detail. I am in awe!

Jul 06, 2016
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Masterpiece
by: Cherise

This surely is a sight to behold. It's very unique and smart to use cupcake as the peacock feathers. Super cute! This cake has a personality all on its own. You truly have a gift! I know the bride must have been pleased and there is absolutely no question that the cake must have tasted divine!! You're the most talented baker I know!!

Jul 06, 2016
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Most creative and detailed
by: Anjeline Ryan

You can see the time, effort and detail in the workmanship of this beautifully crafted cake. I would hire this basket in a heart beat.

Jul 06, 2016
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the great peakie
by: Camille Griscombe

Challenging,time consuming and in the end worth every minute. I remember when DR.HO, would come in the kitchen and asked "honey how is peakie coming along"? and MRS.HO's answer would be "ah it's coming on, still have a whole lot of of feathers to color and attach to the cake plus cupcakes". Your hard work and creativity is now being recognized by hundreds of people and I'm very proud of you Mrs. Ho.๐Ÿ‘‹

Jul 06, 2016
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What a Fine Idea!
by: Judy

What a fine idea! Most creative, tasteful and visually appealing! Certainly worth every second of thought and effort. Congratulations!

Jul 06, 2016
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Peakie
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your kind thoughts. They are appreciated

Jul 06, 2016
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Fantastic Peakie
by: Anonymous

Fantastic Polly. Very creative and skillful ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ One of these anniversary, expect an order ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘‘

Jul 06, 2016
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Magnificent work
by: Kerice

This masterpiece would have to be apart of my wedding if I hadn't tied the knot already. Mrs Ho's pieces has always been breathtaking and this one is WOW!!! A cupcake fan! Just awesome.

Jul 06, 2016
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Amazing cake
by: Grace R

An absolutely gorgeous cake!!
"Magnificent" "fantastic", "incredible" and other superlatives have already been used.
This is a labour of love , a product of skill and a masterpiece to grace any wedding celebration.

Jul 06, 2016
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Masterpiece
by: Richie

Superb-must have been satisfying to produce such an cake.

Jul 06, 2016
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Stunning
by: Aloma

This cake is absolutely lovely and showcases your creativity and talent. It a beautiful method of displaying cupcakes. Congratulations!

Jul 06, 2016
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Peacock Wedding Cake
by: Tamara

This is really unique and beautifully made. Wonderful job!!

Jul 06, 2016
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Proud "Peakie"
by: Lisa E.

This cake is astonishing! A true masterpiece. Congratulations. Now I think I want a peacock cake too!

Jul 06, 2016
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Peakie takes the (cup)cake!!
by: Jo-Ann

Danya I'm not sure which is more beautiful - the story or the cake! Waiting for the next story!

Jul 06, 2016
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Peakie
by: Anonymous

Thank you all fir your very encouraging comments.

Jul 06, 2016
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Proud as a peacock
by: Janice

The most innovative cake design I have ever seen. It is beautiful and looks real .

Jul 06, 2016
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Amazing Work Of Art - Peaking! !
by: Angie Lee

The attention to detail and the mastery so evident in this showpiece.
Another production of Fine Ideas.

Jul 06, 2016
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Stunning!
by: D. Ho

The hard work and lengthy hours definitely paid off in producing this stunning work of art.

Jul 07, 2016
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Wonderful!
by: Jon

Very Beautiful! My favorite cake so far!

Jul 10, 2016
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Awesome
by: Jean-Claude Davidson

Simply amazing!!

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