Tea Pot Cake

Cake is special for all occasions. It acts as a centre piece when its customized for a special occasion like a milestone birthday. Knowing my personality if I know I have to give my 100% into a cake design, I will put my 200% and pay extra attention to detail to make an everlasting impression. My idea behind cake decoration is just making a difference in someone’s monotonous life with somewhat different creative creations. For this reason when I’m designing a cake, it has to stand out for people to feel that there was some out of the box thinking! Designed a teapot resting on top of another cake for a special 85th birthday.

The top tier is a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Tea pot was baked in a ball pan and turned into a pot by adding gum paste details. I drafted the cake on a piece of paper and made a sprout, handle and teapot lid by estimating the placement of these things. I let all the gum paste accessories dry for a couple of days before placing them on the cake. After adding sprout and handle the cake started to give a realistic touch of a tea pot.

The bottom tier is a 10″ vanilla cake. Three layers of vanilla cake filled with buttercream and fresh strawberries. My favourite combination and more importantly it tastes not too sweet and not too heavy. Just the right amount of sugar!

Flowers have the ability to cheer up anyone and everyone whether they are placed on a dinner table or as a part of an accessory on the cake. For me the presence of flowers lifts my mood, temperament and brings general freshness in my life. I made few blossoms, a lily, subtle colour roses and a gerbera daisy using Wilton’s advanced gum paste flowers techniques. While I was making each flower, the only request I made from my own self was to stay patient. The fine details will only be visible if I spent extra time while making them. The process of making flowers is very time consuming yet the dried flower once brushed with edible dust gives a real touch!

Vanilla Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (unsalted and at room temperature)
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter or spray two 10″ inch cake pans. For best results line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper, then spray the paper.
  • In a bowl, sift together flour,baking powder and salt.
  • In an electric or a hand mixer beat butter until its soft and creamy and gradually add sugar. This will take 3-5 mins .
  • Add eggs one by one and beating well after each egg.
  • Add vanilla and beat well the mixture until everything is mixed well.
  • At lower speed of mixer add the flour mixture (in 3 additions) and milk (in 2 additions), beginning and ending with flour.
  • Evenly spread the batter into 2 pans and bake for 27 mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool the cake pans on wire rack before inverting the cakes out. Cool completely before frosting. Wrap in plastic if you plan to decorate at another day.

Buttercream Recipe

  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder (optional)

Instructions

Combine all the above ingredients and beat for 3-5 minutes until completely combined and fluffy.

Red Velvet Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising) 
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 2 cups sugar granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 one-ounce bottles liquid red food colouring or gel colours 
  • 3 tablespoons lukewarm water 
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter or spray two ball cake pans. For best results line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper, then spray the paper.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, cocoa, and baking powder. 
  • Using an electric mixer combine butter and sugar, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 15 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla, salt, food colouring, and water. Beating, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until well combined.
  • Add the flour mixture prepared above alternating with buttermilk and beat at low speed until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, stir together baking soda and vinegar and add to batter. Beat on medium speed for 10 seconds. Be sure not to overbeat.
  • Divide batter between 2 pans and bake at 350 degrees for 27 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out dry.

Cool the cake pans on wire rack before inverting the cakes out. Cool completely before frosting. Wrap in plastic if you plan to decorate at another day.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Mix together cream cheese and butter.
  • Slowly add sugar and vanilla extract and beat until its completely combined together. (3-5 minutes)

Tools

  • The following pans were used to make this cake. Wilton’s ball pan made the process of making this cake quite simple yet interesting.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0000VZ3YM/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=welovecakeryb-20&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0000VZ3YM&linkId=5ca2b507f42c0173032e7478cafeba16

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  • In order to get even tops of the cake, I vouch you to use the bake even strips.

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  • Wilton Cake circles were used under each cake.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07DJC7PL2/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=welovecakeryb-20&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07DJC7PL2&linkId=5208e53730a95b81122b4d66817e86aa

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  • The following tools were used for making lily flowers.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07CV95PWQ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=welovecakeryb-20&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07CV95PWQ&linkId=58254dbb48e33106ec497d74bf126cad

  • For Gerbera daisy I used the following cutters and veining tools.

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  • I would recommend getting the following tool kit if you plan to experiment different flower making skills.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07L7SLB1C/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=welovecakeryb-20&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07L7SLB1C&linkId=a78e04a791673d5577afe1fcb0d5388c

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