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50th Anniversary Cake

Yesterday I made this cake for a family friend's parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

This was a three tiered cake with a 10" chocolate cake, 8" vanilla cake and a 6" lemon cake.  All had butter cream filling.  I've never used ribbon before and let me tell you, it was embarrassingly easy.  For the first two tiers I joined the ends where the silk flowers are to hide the seam.  On the top tier I used two white push pins to finish off the join.  The ribbon works really well to hide any spacing between the tiers.

The silk flowers I added some gold shimmer to.  It's hard to seen in the pictures though.  The lettering I added edible gold shimmer.  I was worried that it was a different shade.  But at the hall they had yellow flowers on the table so it didn't look out of place.

Originally for the 5 and the 0 I had made them out of a fondant/gumpaste mix.  But it didn't work out.  So, half an hour before I was to deliver the cake I had to come up with a new solution.  I cut out the number from cardstock and sprayed gold shimmer over them.  Thankfully they dried in 15 minutes.  I attached them to skewers and set them in so that the flowers covered them.

Delivered and set up.  The back of the middle tier got stuck to the box and had a tear.  Grr!  That has never happened before.  I got cocky and didn't bother to bring an emergency kit like I usually do.  Thankfully, it was in the back and I stuck some of the decorations on it to cover up the little massacre.  The 5 and the 0 had also fallen off.  Geesh!  Then we had a panic because we couldn't find the 0.  After sending Mr. T back out to the car to search for it, I did find it.  Phew!


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