One of my closest friends turned 40 on the 1st May, 2011 and in planning her party asked if I would make the birthday cake. The design was left completely up to me, so with the choice of classically pretty or novelty I decided a novelty cake was the way to go.
The Birthday Girl has 3 horses, is a keen show jumper and dressage competitor so an equestrian theme seemed most appropriate. My knowledge of horses is fairly limited so a mutual friend kindly offered some ‘technical advice’.
The original plan was to incorporate the 3 horses into the cake. Somewhere along the way this idea mutated, with the addition of a show jumping arena and the family’s 4 dogs!! Not to mention the last minute addition of her wellies. Needless to say the role of the ‘technical adviser’ changed to that of ‘moral supporter’ many times in the week before the party, as I thought about the enormity of what needed to be done to bring it all together.
The day before the party was spent elbow deep in sugar paste, while watching the Royal Wedding on the television. A most enjoyable, if somewhat unusual, way to spend a day.
The cake was a hit with everyone and a great night was had by all.
|Horses and Hounds Cake|
31st April, 2011