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    kabinshop blog

    How to fix a broken cake disaster with flowers !

    Decorated birthday cake with flowers

    What to do when you have a cake baking disaster, and the cake sticks in the tin and breaks up !

    So it was recently my mum's 80th birthday and i had been planning in my mind that i would bake her an " amazing ! " cake. I am not a regular cake baker but how hard could can it be ? I decided on a Lemon and Thyme Bundt cake after searching the internet for interesting recipes and set to work the day before her birthday. I followed the recipe exactly and watched it rising rapidly in the oven only to look again and see it collapsed right down. I could share the recipe but there is probably no point as this is more about rescuing it !

     

    Lemon thyme bundt cake

    Cake stuck in tin 😔

     

    As you can see it was stuck fast inside the tin although it was not actually burnt and actually tasted delicious !  

    So the answer was decoration baby ! I scraped it out and arranged the pieces as nicely as possible on a plate then set to with pimping it up with sugar flowers !

    Firstly i made crystalized Rose petals using washed and air dried rose petals. These are very easy to make, just dip first in whisked egg white then dip in castor sugar and leave to dry and harden. They can be stored for many months once they are dry. 

     

    Washing rose petals.

     Drying rose petals

    Drying rose petals

     Making crystalized rose petals

     Ingredients for crystalized flowers

    Drying crystalized rose petals

     Drying crystalized flowers

    Next i made icing flowers , I decided on Royal icing flowers as they dry very hard unlike butter icing which are softer and i needed to transport them without another disaster ! 

    I mixed Icing sugar and water and a little lemon juice in a piping bag and piped flowers using a flat piping nozzle. I mixed a few different pastel colours including yellow for the central stamens.

    Homemade icing flower 

    Making icing flowers

     So once you have made a pile of icing flowers and crystalized flowers, simply make a jug of icing using icing sugar, lemon juice and water and pour it over the cake ring making sure it is not too liquid or it will run straight off ! Then decorate with your flowers! You could also add some fresh flowers !

     My mum with her homemade 80th birthday cake.

    My mum and her cake , and yes she thought it was funny ! 

    Painting pink stairs!

    Painting pink stairs!

    This is not pottery related but i am so excited by my new pink stairs [ inspired by my obsession with stairways in Silverlake] that i thought i would share my DIY pink stair painting journey! [ I am not becoming a DIY/interiors/ blogging nerd as millions of people do it way better than me.]

    So obviously i started on Pinterest collecting photos of rainbow stairs/ ombre stairs but settled on a pink pastel colour. Finding the perfect shade and finish of floor paint was quite difficult and i settled on Little Greene 'Pink slip' which is a kind of glossy satin.

    Little Green Pink Slip floor paint

    So i began tearing up the worn out cream carpet and underlay so old it had turned to sand then pulled out all the nails and plywood strips of spikes ready to sand down all the old glue.

    Old cream stair carpet

    Rearing up old stair carpet!

    Sanded wood stairs

    Luckily the stairs were in pretty good condition as they have never been exposed.

    Next i added 3 coats of white priming undercoat to the stairs and up the sides of the wood surround and then painted the wood at the sides with a few coats of wood paint.

    Finally i am ready to go in with the pink and probably the most tedious bit of preparation [ but most important] was taping up the sides with decorating masking tape [ i bought mine in Azda .]

    Masking tape before stair paint

    Ready to paint 3 coats of the pink floor paint. My stairs are quite small so i litre was enough with a bit left over for touch ups.

    TIPS: 

    1. Wear gloves [ i didn't and my hands are a disaster.]

    2. If you think you might need to walk up the stairs paint ever other step until dry then paint the others.

    3. If you have pets vacuum between each each coat of paint. [ i found grey cat hairs landing everywhere!]

    4. Don't skimp of preparing with masking tape, as boring as it is.

    5. If you spill paint clean it up ASAP as its much harder to do it afterwards.

    6. Enjoy your new stairs and stick to bare feet at home to avoid chips!

    Finished pastel pink painted staircase.