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Trio of Tropical Cakes

I was so excited about making these cakes. The couple who were married in Mauritius had arranged to have a party here a couple of months later. They wanted to carry on the tropical theme into the party and after seeing my Hummingbird Cake that I made last year for Cake International they wanted something similar.
I suggested maybe having three cakes rather than one big one. The side cakes are representing the sea and the sunset with the central one based around tropical plants, flowers and the birds are ones from the area. The red one is a Red Fody and the yellow brown one is called a Village Weaver.
The detail was painted using Cocoa butter and the flowers all wired and made from flower paste (gumpaste).

When it came to this week everything went wrong, parents were supposed to help with looking after the kids and then got ill so couldn’t help and then I also had to deal with my sons party and the last week of school. It meant that I barely slept that week going to bed at 3am and 4.30am the night before. Considering how tired I was and the added nightmare of one of the cakes going all bumpy thanks to white ganache everything turned out perfectly in the end.

Flowers were all firsts for me -
Frangipani, Vanilla Orchids, Gingko leaves, Anthuriums ,Ferns and Medinilla Berries.

I was also a guest at the wedding and was touched by the constant comments from friends and family and being included in the Father of the Brides speech where I got a round of applause from the room. The bride is keeping all the sugar flowers and still have a tier left to share with others.

-- Simply Alpa

Gorgeous cakes!

-- Teri, Ontario, Canada http://www.TeriLovesCake.ca

there all so very Loveland truly tropical…

-- Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God. Clarky's Cakes 😎

Amazing cakes, Alpa!

-- Anka

Thank you all, it was a great pleasure making these and the flowers.

-- Simply Alpa

Stunning!

-- Marlene - CakeHeaven

Wow, you were up against it with these weren’t you but they turned out to be absolutley beautiful and well deserving of all the praise. I hope you managed to catch up on your sleep! :-) x

-- Julia Hardy

Julia this cake tested me in ways I never ever want to experience again!! I hate working that late but it was the only way and it’s no one’s fault just bad luck that things didn’t go to plan. Thankfully it was all rescued and it turned out even better than I imagined :)
Hoping for an early night tonight. Ax

-- Simply Alpa

Wow!!!!! Alpa these are exquisite!!!

-- You must never limit your challenges, instead you must challenge your limits

Beautiful cakes Alpa. Such a good idea doing three, I shall bare that in mind :). Enjoy the rest of the summer x

-- ellie's elegant cakery

Followed your nightmare on FB, my heart was going out to you, but what a success in the end. I love the imagination you have put into creating these cakes, not to mention the skill.

-- Roo's Little Cake Parlour

Beautifully done and perfectly painted! =D

-- Violet - The Violet Cake Shop™ - http://www.facebook.com/TheVioletCakeShop

Thank you Calli, Ellie, Linda and Violet :)

Ellie, I loved making three that all linked together in a theme. Was much more fun than making one big cake. It was something I wanted to do for such a long time so jumped at the opportunity when it came up!

-- Simply Alpa

My word each one is in a class of it’s own and so beautiful. I can’t pick which one I like the best x

-- Sassy Cakes and Cupcakes