This is a cake I made for my lovely friend Karen. Karen and I played tag maternity leave when we had our kids. As I went back to work after having Beau, she left for maternity leave to have Dylan. Then it happened a few years later with Darcey and Ewan. We hardly saw each other for three years!
Our four kids get on really well and Beau has a special soft spot for Dylan. Marriage has been discussed. They are 8!
Karen worked in the art department at Woman and Home so she’s super talented and creative. When it was Dylan’s 5th birthday she designed a rocket party invitation and asked me to make him a birthday cake to match.
Of all the cakes I’ve made this is one of my favourites. I love the simple design and bold colours. I think the wording works well (thank goodness ‘Dylan’ is a short name!) and the fire coming out at the bottom just adds to the rocket theme. I think this was the first cake I made that I actually was happy with and wouldn’t have changed a thing!
The jokes on me!
One of the guys in the Art department is Glen. Glen is an amazing photographer on the side (check out his fab website here) Karen was talking to him about the party and how I was doing a rocket cake and he suggested that the stars on the cake should light up. Never one to shy away from a challenge I set to planning and working out how to do it. Little did I know that he was actually joking! I didn’t find that out until after the party though!
Lighting up the night stars
I decided that the easiest way to make the stars light up was to use battery operated fairy lights. I had just finished shooting the christmas interior features and it was the first time they were so readily available. I was a bit addicted to them!
I started by drilling large holes into the cake board which were sealed up with cellotape. Each side edge of the cake board was set up on thin strips of wood so the battery pack could be hidden underneath, whilst still being easy to switch on. I used a ton of tape to position a fairly light into each of the holes in the board. This meant that when the lights were turned on the holes in the board lit up.
The top of the cake board was covered in blue icing sugar. Different sized star cutters were pressed into the icing on the board and the blue icing where each star was was removed. A corresponding yellow or white star was then cut out and popped into the space on the board. I then carefully smoothed the whole board so it was nice and flat. The stars with lights behind actually had thinner icing sugar than the rest so that as much light as possible could shine through. I added the moon in the same way.Then I could add the cake to the board and the wording to finish.
So all that’s left to say is thanks Glen for an original idea. Now I need to think of where else I can add lights!!!