As those of you who follow my Twitter feed will know, I have been working on a very special cake for a very special occasion for the last month or so.
On Monday my friend Robert married his sweetheart, Claire in Belfast City Hall. As the wedding was organised in quite a short lengh of time and on a budget, I offered to make their wedding cake for them. They graciously accepted my offer, even though it would be my first ever wedding cake.
It consisted of four layers, the 12 and 8 inch layers were made of madiera and the 10 and 6 inch layers were fruit cake. I made the fruit cake 2 weeks in advance and the madiera on the Friday before the wedding. I iced the whole thing using ready to roll fondant and marzipan on the Sunday.
This is the cake during a practise stack up on Sunday afternoon. My mum helped by making the bows and sewing them onto the ribbon on the cake.
As you can see from this picture, on the day I sealed up the joins between the layers using royal icing to create a smoother looking cake.
All in all I think I did a pretty good job for my first time making such a large cake and for my first time using fondant icing. The couple were happy with the cake and I got a lot of compliments on how well both types of layer tasted.
I'm so glad that Claire and Robert allowed me to be part of their day and I'd like to wish them the best of luck and happiness in their future together.