I’ve spent quite a lot of hours on making flowers for a wedding cake, and the practice of making real world items in sugar is most definitely a medieval one so I get to cheat and include them here. This is another not exactly SCA post, more interest adjacent. I am due to return to playing in the SCA again properly in a couple of weeks (Coronet Tourney near Newgrange) and I am working on some bits and pieces for that. Posting about those will signal my return to more normal SCA activity and hopefully a more normal (for me) me.
I’ve previously documented making roses of various sorts on this very blog, so I won’t go into unnecessary details. Their choice, and the overall colour scheme, was preordained by the chosen wedding themes, but I enjoyed figuring out ways of making up sprays of other types of flowers, shaping them from individual flat cut outs of single flowers into long, relatively graceful shapes. Like all things, this is the kind of thing that would benefit from practice and experience, for example I would quite like to try this again with some brush applied colours and finer grade sugar paste to work thinner petals. I don’t have a picture of the completely assembled cake on its three level stand with it’s very large centre cake, and aunt-made bride and groom – that may come later – but these are the two smaller cakes mostly assembled (some bits were removed or added to) – colours may look a little odd with phone in evening kitchen light.
While I was at it I taught my niece, who is 8, how to make a few things, she had a ball. These are her roses – apparently she informed my aunt (the origin of the cake, and the greatest woman to land you with unexpected jobs I have ever met) that she needed her to find lots more people who wanted wedding cakes so that she could make the flowers for them. She felt a bit guilty taking all her creations away with her in a box to show other people instead of contributing to the cake on this occasion. She’s a sweetie.