A month or so ago, I was asked to make a very special 90th birthday cake………in the shape of a cruise ship!
Never one to shy away from a challenge, I found a reasonably simple design that the family was happy with, made myself a template and set sail!
I started by making vanilla Madeira cake using my large rectangular roasting tins, so that I could carve the shapes of the different layers. Once happy with that, I sandwiched them together with buttercream before (very) roughly coating the whole thing with white chocolate ganache
Once that was set, I applied a second coat and smoothed it out ready for the sugarpaste. After applying a base of white, I then started making all the little details that would make what looked a bit like a wonky shoe look more like a ship!
I covered the cake directly on the board as it was so big, and decided to finish it off in situ.
After adding the finishing touches, this is what it looked like 👀
I’m happy to report that the recipient was delighted with it! 😁
You can find the recipe for the Madeira cake here and the buttercream here (I used Sugar and Crumbs Velvet Vanilla icing sugar)Velvet Vanilla
I used Select Ireland Platinum white, and Renshaw ready to roll sugarpaste for the coloured details.
I really hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it 🥰
Until next time
Stay safe and healthy