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Simple Anemone Celebration Cake
Jaqui

Simple Anemone Celebration Cake

by Jaqui
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These gorgeous anemone sugar flowers are perfect for adding instant decoration to your cakes, and look just how gorgeous they are! Available in both white and blush colours, they will add class and beautiful detail to your celebration cakes. Here we've used a chocolate brown sugarpaste with both the white and blush flowers and a selection of ivory and peach satin ribbon to tie everything together. This cake is simple to make yet looks very pretty and elegant; perfect for birthdays and anniversaries! Follow our tutorial below to see how we've made it.

you will need...

  • 6" Square Sponge Cake
  • 8" Square Cake Drum
  • 500g Frosting/ Buttercream
  • Palette Knife
  • Large Rolling Pin
  • Sugarpaste Spacers
  • Chocolate Brown Sugarpaste
  • Sharp Knife
  • 6mm Ivory Satin Ribbon
  • 15mm Ivory Satin Ribbon
  • 15mm Peach Satin Ribbon
  • Sugar Anemone Spray - White
  • Sugar Anemone Spray - Blush

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Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 6
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 6" Sq
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£8.90
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5" Square Cake Drum / Board
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£1.08
Vanilla Flavoured Icing & Frosting 500g
Vanilla Flavoured Icing & Frosting 500g
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£4.99
Tala Angled Palette Knife
Tala Angled Palette Knife
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£3.04
Non Stick 12
Non Stick 12" Rolling Pin
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£16.79
PME Icing & Marzipan Spacers
PME Icing & Marzipan Spacers
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£4.19
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
White Double Satin Ribbon - 6mm (width)
White Double Satin Ribbon - 6mm (width)
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£0.98
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
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£0.79
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
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£0.79
Sugar Anemone - White
Sugar Anemone - White
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£4.20
Sugar Anemone - Blush
Sugar Anemone - Blush
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£4.20

instructions

You'll need to have baked a cake ready to decorate in this tutorial (here we've used a 6" square chocolate sponge) and two 8" square cake drums. To make it easier for yourself, why not purchase one of our delicious Genoese ready made sponge cakes?

Preparing The Cake

1. Before you start to decorate your cake, you'll need to split and level it, fill it with buttercream, give it a crumb coat and then cover it with sugarpaste. This will ensure you achieve a professional look and finish. Start by Cutting any lumps and bumps off your cake using a sharp knife to achieve smooth and level surfaces.

2. Once you're happy with the shape, slice the cake in half width ways. Fill this with a nice thick layer of buttercream, using a palette knife to smooth the mixture over your sponge. Sandwich the cakes back together.

3. Place your cake onto one of the cake drums, positioning the cake in the centre of the board. You'll now need to give your cake a crumb coat. Again using your palette knife, smooth the frosting all around the outer surfaces of your cake until it is completely covered with the mixture. Not only will this trap all the crumbs, it will give you a sticky outer surface for your sugarpaste to cling to. Sometimes I use jam for this, but it can sometimes alter the appearance and colour of your sugarpaste (especially when using a lighter colour) so it's best to stick to buttercream when you can!

Preparing The Sugarpaste

4. Now that your cake is covered with buttercream, you can prepare your sugarpaste. Start by kneading your sugarpaste thoroughly until you obtain a smooth and stretchy consistency. I have used 1kg of sugarpaste here, and whilst I have some left over, it's better to use a little too much than not enough! You'll need to roll the sugarpaste out to the correct size, adding a few extra inches bigger than your cake for safety! (Don't forget, you'll be covering the cake and drum all in one go, so make sure you account for this!) Here we're covering a cake that measures 6" across and 3" in height, so our sugarpaste would need to be atleast 12" x 12". Then you also need to add on the extra inches for the cake drum, which is 2" all the way around, taking the size up to 14" x 14".

5. Dust your surface with a little icing sugar and, using a large non-stick rolling pin, begin to roll out your sugarpaste. You should turn your sugarpaste 90 degrees each time you roll to keep it from sticking to your work surface.

Covering The Cake

6. Use your cake spacers to check the width of the sugarpaste is correct, and then gently lift the sugarpaste up with your rolling pin and drape it over your cake.

7. Use your hands to carefully smooth the sugarpaste over the cake to iron out any creases or bumps.

8. Once your sugarpaste has covered the entire cake and drum, carefully trim off the excess using a sharp knife.

Adding The Decorations

9. Sit the cake and drum on top of the second cake drum for extra height. You now need to add your ribbons, so let's start with the thicker ribbon. Here we have used two colours to compliment the sugar anemone's; a 15mm peach ribbon and a 15mm ivory ribbon. Wrap the peach ribbon around the bottom cake drum, pulling this as tight as you can to keep it taught, and then secure at the back with a pin. Wrap the ivory ribbon above this. Similarly, you'll need to take your 6mm ivory ribbon and wrap this around the base of your cake. Secure at the back using double-sided sticky tape to keep it in place.

10. Take your remaining 6mm ivory ribbon and make a pretty bow for the centre of your cake. Attach the bow to the front of the cake, again using a small piece of double-sided sticky tape.

11. Lastly, you just need to add your anemone's! Take each sugar flower one by one and arrange these on top of your cake. Once you're happy with how they look, you can secure them to the cake by carefully sticking the wire stem that comes attached to each flower into your cake.

In just 11 steps you have covered a cake and drum with sugarpaste and added beautiful decorations to bring your celebration cake to life. You can now add any extra finishing touches you like, such as a name plaque or number if your cake is for a birthday. Experiment and have fun or leave as it is for a simple and elegant look.

 

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