Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kissing Ball Birthday Cake

Cake by Debbie Skelton, Photos by Steve Shanahan. Cake topper by Rebecca Yit from Urban Weddings Brisbane. 

Happy 30th Birthday Em!

The design of this cake is based around the concept of the Victorian Kissing Ball. In the Victorian era, when it was usual to only bathe infrequently, flowers were pierced into pieces of round fruit to mask the strong body odours of the great unwashed. The flower covered ball of fruit would then be placed around the house. Over the years, the floral ball custom then morphed into a traditional Christmas decoration and later was also endowed with notions of romance.

This Kissing Ball cake is a lemon and coconut madeira cake for the top half and an orange madeira on the bottom half, torted with home made lemon curd, covered with white chocolate and coconut ganache and covered with orange fondant and a 50/50 mixture of fondant and gumpaste flowers in orange, red, pink and yellow. The flowers are daisies, pansies, peonies and sunflowers and rice paper butterflies. The cake tin was a Wilton half sphere and was baked in two halves. The inspiration for this design came from Lindy Smith.