A few weeks ago though, I was commissioned by one of his triathlon friends to make a surprise 30th birthday cake with a theme of triathlon. So here was my plan of action:
I started with the figures as these would take the longest. I used a fairly thick gauge wire, although in hindsight it was probably a bit too thick as it was soooo hard to bend. Here is how I got on:
|I used flower paste for the body of the runner but it was horrible to work with. The rest of the models I just used regular sugarpaste and it worked just fine.|
|The cyclist taking shape|
|The swimmers in action. I got fully briefed by my husband on where the arms should be, and was forced to watch lots of youtube videos about swimming technique. And I still got it wrong apparently....|
|This was the runner, running along a trail path and over the finish line. The candles were supposed to represent the banners along the finishing straight.|
|The runner from the back. Note the number on his vest :)|
|This was the cyclist on a smooth asphalt road - tri spoke on the front, disc on the rear. My husband criticized me for the "relaxed geometry"of this one. But given how bloomin hard it is to model sugarpaste, I was jolly chuffed with this one!|
|The finished cake|
|With the birthday boy!|
The swimmers were definitely most fun to do, and were actually pretty quick and easy to do. The shortbread was fab too.
The runner and cyclist got a bit frustrating at times as they kept falling apart, but I was really really happy with the finished product.
To give an idea of costs, for 3 x 6" cakes, this cake cost approximately £55 in materials. It's a lot more expensive to make cakes than most people think!