First birthday cake, inspired by henna and bollywood

My gorgeous goddaughter Sophie turned one, and her birthday party is tomorrow! I’m providing the cake. Because she is half Indian, I love to draw on that colourful heritage when I’m making her cakes. I saw some beautiful cakes recently that used henna designs and I thought that would be perfect, if I added some colourful flowers.

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This might be a first birthday party, but almost all the guests will be adults, and as I learned with Sophie’s Christening cake, most adults don’t much like fondant. So for this cake, only the flowers are fondant, and they are thin and easy to pick off. The cake itself is a dense moist chocolate mudcake, iced with a dark chocolate ganache.

I started the process yesterday, colouring and rolling out small portions of fondant, then cutting and stamping the flowers. I dusted all the flowers with an antique gold edible luster to add some richness. 🙂 I love edible lusters and glitters. 🙂

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Next, I baked the cake. I used a large spring form tin, it took about 1 3/4hrs in total to bake. I was a bit desperate for it to be ready so I could go to bed. Once cool, I levelled it and placed it on a gold cake board.

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The flowers were dry and set now, so I added some more bling. Small balls of coloured fondant and silver cachous were added with bright yellow royal icing.

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Make the ganache, allow to cool until thick but still flexible (about the consistency of peanut butter) then ice the cake. Place the flowers on the cake and arrange.

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Stick down with royal icing and fill in the gaps with henna designs. Continue around the edges of the cake 🙂

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I’m very proud of it! Every bit I’ve taste tested has been amazing. It’s very adult and decadent in flavour, but very colourful and young in appearance. Job well done. 🙂

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