21 July 2010

Hetty's Cupcake Birthday Cake

I don't normally feature birthday cakes on this blog but this one is very special as I made it to celebrate my Nana's 90th birthday at the weekend! We held the lunch / afternoon tea party in the Garden Room / Lounge at the Miskin Manor Hotel - it was a truly special day, celebrating with friends and family.

We decided to keep the colour palate to vintage pink and gold and so the tables were decorated with pink rose petals, the napkins were tied with pink ribbons and each guest at their place setting had a mini pink and gold candle and white butterfly filigree favour box which was filled with white and pink coconut ice and tied with pink ribbon. Everything looked so beautiful and all of the family worked really hard to make everything look so lovely!

I was in charge of the cake and I decided on cupcakes both for their sheer prettiness (and also as they were to be served as part of the afternoon tea, for their fabulous ease of distributing). I made three different flavour cupcakes, vanilla filled with raspberry compote and frosted with vanilla buttercream, lemon filled with zingy lemon curd and frosted with vanilla buttercream and chocolate filled and frosted with coconut buttercream (bounty flavour!). Each flavour was decorated slightly differently with open roses, rose buds, flower posies and leaves, sticking to the lovely pink and gold colours of the tables! The cupcakes were then finished with pretty white butterfly cupcake wrappers to complement the favour boxes!

The top tier was a hot toddy fruit cake so that Nana could keep it to enjoy with friends at a later date! Wishing Nana many more lovely birthday celebrations and here's to hoping I look half as fabulous as she does when I'm 90!

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