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Rainbow and Elephant themed 50th Birthday

How exciting! A rainbow and elephant themed 50th Birthday Party!  My client was after cupcakes and a top cake, my first of this kind so I was very excited indeed!  This cake created some challenges for me and the biggest one was the stand.  I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do, I even got an early anniversary gift of a table saw. Yes, you read right, a table saw!  I was so excited to get my own big power tool!  I can now make all my own cake boards to the size I want and need them!  So after a crash course on how to use my new table saw from my husband, I got to it (mind you, I had to be supervised as he was a little unsure about leaving me alone with it :) ) I got straight to some cake boards in varying sizes.  So, challange number one of how to cut boards was solved, now for challange number two: what size boards did I need to hold 90 cupcakes?? The best way to tell was to lay out cases on each board and see.  I now knew what size boards would best suit my job so next came challange number three: How was I going to cover them?? This was an exciting part for me.  I had it all planned out, found some awesome paper to cover them in and some ribbon for the edges.  After the first board I decided the PVA glue was not the best option for this job as it left great big wet marks and looked terrible even though I had used it sparingly.  So out came the kids glue stick, to avoid the wet wrinkled effect, I covered the entire board with glue and thought I would cover it like contact.  This was a much better option but still not perfect.  I have now invested in some spray on glue (quite a hefty fee) however my hubby thinks this will do the trick! OK so boards are cut and covered, challange number four: How was I going to tier the stand together so it was stable?  Well my plan was to use foam in between each tier which would have worked if I was able to cut the foam easily and to the sizes that I wanted so hubby to the rescue again! He made me some wooden cross pieces to support each tier.  Stand constructed!!

Now for the cakes.  The topper cake was a 15cm white chocolate mud which I coloured in six colours of the rainbow.  I layered the different colours into the pan which gave a fabulous rainbow effect once cooked.  This cake was covered in white chocolate ganache then in white fondant.  I hand modelled an elephant for the top of the cake along with a rainbow to go over the elephants head.  To finish off this cake I added a simple ribbon.

90 rainbow cupcakes with elephant toppers! Creating 50 elephant heads was first up. A few hours later, this job was complete.  Now to make the cupcakes.  These cupcakes were vanilla flavour and all rainbow coloured, the same as the topper cake. I enlisted the help of my eldest boy for this part.  He was my main colourer, colouring each batch of cake mix in a different colour.  We then spooned spoonfuls of the mixture into each case and baked.  Each cake was topped with vanilla buttercream frosting which was rainbow coloured also.

My first big project of this kind was complete! I’ve had lovely feedback from this cake and it can be read on the testimonials page.  Hope you had a great birthday Lyndi :)

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