Here is the 2nd of my two Christmas cakes I made this year for family dinners. This one was a design I had in my head for ages so although we did not need so many servings, I had to make a 3 tier to incorporate all the ideas that were floating in my head. The middle tier therefore is a dummy cake.
Here I use my two-tone petals again to make up my Christmas tree and as the petals that surround the ranunculus in the middle tier and of course on my wreath topper again. I was SO happy with how my ranunculus turned out! I used gumpaste this time and let my petals form their shape in soup spoons for about 30 mins before applying them. I used my own method of making the ranunculus after studying tonnes of ranunculus flowers I saw on other people’s cakes including The Crumb Coat, Kara’s Couture Cakes’ wafer paper version and Anna Craig on CC. The cake itself on the other hand did not turn out exactly as planned.
I had wanted the reindeer to be centred in the bottom tier but I had a few issues with a new recipe for Pumpkin Spice cake that I was experimenting with (who else to experiment on than family? lol). The cakes came out of the oven nice and fluffy and I couldn’t have been happier. But as they cooled, they settled and the fluffiness became denser and I lost about an inch and a half on each tier. So the reindeer would no longer fit in the centre with the ranunculus flowers overhead so I had to improvise and move the reindeer to the right. I actually think it ended up better over there…at least I tell myself that lol. ENJOY and blessed New Year to ALL!
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