So Mum turned a big number a few weeks back....She didn't want a big fuss or party ....in fact Mum didn't want anything special at all, so of course I talked her into have a few friends over for dinner, and I had to promise not to make a fuss or got to too much trouble.
Which I stuck too...........except when it came to a cake!!
While not technically perfect, I didn't temper the chocolate correctly for the chocolate sails, so it didn't have have that 'snap and shine' and my ganache wasn't as perfect as it could have been...but I was pretty please with how it turned out. but everyone said it tasted good so that's the main thing!
I baked a cake a day and wrapped it well then froze them, so that on the day I only have to decorate.....this still took me most of the day!!
I was in two minds as what to cover the cake in....I'm not a big fan of too much buttercream frosting, it's just too sweet.....so I was going with cream cheese frosting......but then at the last minute I worried about the ganache causing it to 'fall off' not sure if it hardens like buttercream frosting does, after googling for ages and reading a million recipes I still didn't feel like I had an answer......So I'm going to have to try it myself one day and find out!
But not on Mum's cake, so buttercream frosting it was, I did however throw a little cream cheese in to just cut some of the sweetness.
Cumb coat on...
Making the sails... I found Ethan's drum sticks came in really handy to make the wave :)
And the finished Cake...
After a quick google search and I found the perfect cake topper at Lala Design in Leederville
A guest took all the decorations off the top before I could quickly snap a photo of the cut cake (hence the mess looking top!)
I had so much making and decorating this cake, the party was a couple of simple but tasty casseroles and potato's bakes, being winter it was yummy comfort type food.
I found a patio heater for selling for $40 on line and it was perfect, we sat outside all night in mid July!
Her gift from both all of us was a surprise weekend away, we gave her a letter with a ballet dancer as a watermark and a small Eiffle Tower as clues, told her to pack warm clothes and bring a camera. (Mum would hate this photo but I love the surprise look on her face! )