The theme for this month’s Clandestine Cake Club was ‘Musical Celebrations’. I have to admit this baffled me for a while, so I waited till other people submitted their ideas to figure out what it meant! Turns out it meant songs, bands, singers or musicals. I chose the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for the theme of my cake after reading a list of 100 greatest musicals on IMDB.
To get the rainbow arch shape, I chopped off the bottom of the cake, about two thirds down. This also gave me a good opportunity to taste the sponge, and it was very delicious and vanillery!
I started making icing and piping it on for all the colours of the rainbow. I guessed the measurements, and used about 60g butter and 120g icing sugar for the red and orange, then around 40g butter and 80g icing sugar for the other colours. I also added a dollop of cream cheese to each colour. Be warned – this is very time consuming! Weigh, mix, pipe and wash x 6 = a long time. I was quite tired afterwards. I did three colours and then took a break and went back to it later.
I used Sugarflair colours to achieve the bright results of my rainbow. These food colourings are the best. They are strong, you only need a little bit, and they don’t affect your icing’s flavour or consistency. I used Christmas Red, Melon (Yellow), Tangerine/Apricot (Orange), Mint Green, Ice Blue and Grape Violet (Purple). I got mine off ebay as they were pretty cheap and the seller was offering a good deal.
The icing was finally done! I also used some blue cut-offs from my piping bags to create a blue sky behind my rainbow. A blue cake board would look a lot better, but this was a last minute decision!
For the ‘clouds’ I whipped up a pot of cream and dollopped it at the end of the rainbow cake, then dotted mini white marshmallows all over.
And the cake was done! I was very pleased with the final result!
And off to cake club I went…
Stacey & Emily’s Chocolate & Orange ‘Simba’s Pride Cake’, delicious and moist, one of my favourites!
Hayley’s ‘Carrot & Wonderwal-nut Cake’. Sadly I don’t like carrots or walnuts, but Stacey tried some and said it was the best carrot cake she’d ever had.
Steph’s ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ cake, this was a chocolate overload – in a good way!
Elly’s ‘Beatles Strawberry Fields Cake’, sadly I didn’t try any of this either, but it looks great!
Emily’s ‘Coconut & Lime Cake’. I love this song and I loved this cake!
Emma’s ‘Happy Birthday Custard Celebration Cake’ – it was Emma our host’s birthday this month!
Lynette’s ‘Austrain Apple Sounds Of Music Cake’, I think the nun decorations on this and the bow look fab!
Vicki’s ‘I Can Sing A Rainbow Cake’. This looked stunning and tasted really good too, I definitely understood the hard work that went into this cake!
Beth’s ‘Yellow Brick Road Cake’, using Caramac for the yellow brick road – genius!!
Diane’s ‘The Bell’s Of St. Clements’ Cake’, brilliant presentation and delicious orange flavour.
Another successful, fun and delicious Clandestine Cake Club! Also some very exciting news…a woman walking past asked me to make two of the rainbow cake for her daughter’s birthday. I am so excited about it! I never thought cake club would lead to anything like that!