This week I made a rugby ball cake. It was for a 30th birthday party and my client asked for it to include a few choice photos of the birthday boy. Adding photographs to top cakes is a fantastic way of livening up the cake as well as making it more personal than icing a name on top.
The flavour of the cake was Chocolate Guinness filled with a cream cheese buttercream. I'd not actually made one before and I was really pleased with the result; the inclusion of the Guinness produced a beautifully moist sponge.
Achieving the initial shape of the cake is the crucial bit. Then there's the challenge of covering it in fondant without lumps and bumps followed by my favourite part...the decorating and detail!
This was my initial design sketch.
And below is the finished product.
I didn't follow the plan entirely as you can see; the blue and yellow sock was replaced with a photo frame in order for me to incorporate more of the pictures without it looking cramped.
I shaded the top of the rugby ball using edible black dust and the soil effect was made with crushed Oreos. The grass is coloured piped buttercream.