Wedding Anniversary Cake
by Helen Hermanstein
My sister asked me to make a cake for her 35th wedding anniversary party. No design was given, so it was left to me to come up with something. My sister and brother-in-law have been together since their teens and got married in their early 20s - and they are still very happy together after 35 years! So, I decided to make one that would capture all their happy years together as a couple.
My brother-in-law loves lemon, so I made a huge lemon cake with lemon candy bits inside to give it a real lemony zing! I decided to create a photo album with photos of the couple throughout their years together.
I sculpted a photo album book out of the baked cake and covered it with white fondant icing. The sides were a photo album covered with white fondant icing that had been rolled with a smocking rolling pin to give the impression of 'pages'. The edges of the 'open' photo album were piped with white royal icing to give a neater finish. I made white fondant icing rectangles hardened with gum tragacanth, then printed square photos of the couple onto edible icing sheets and stuck these to the fondant icing rectangles. This made the photos look like they were taken with a Polaroid camera!
I coloured some fondant icing with a vibrant coral colour - the colour for celebrating 35 years of marriage - and rolled this onto the board. I used some of the coral coloured fondant icing to make a bookmark and placed this down the centre of the two 'open' pages of the photo album cake.
The 'Polaroid' photos were then placed randomly on the two pages of the photo album and stuck onto with a little royal icing.
Finally, I rolled out some black coloured flower paste and cut out the lettering. The cake was now done!
When I presented it to my sister and brother-in-law they were speechless - they thought it was beautiful and simply loved all the photos that I managed to find of them (even the ones of them in their teens!!). The cake was appreciated by everyone at the party and they all loved the light lemony sponge. A great result for a labour of love!
Happy Anniversary Judy & Lawson!
July 2011 Thank you Helen for your Anniversary cake entry to the contest. What a nice story too.