|Betty & Ewen 15th September 1951|
We had a great day and I think Nan & Pa are exhausted tonight, but thrilled that they have been able to enjoy such a fantastic milestone.
|Pa, Anna, Nan & Lucinda|
For those of you familiar with my blog - yes that is the Back to the Future dress you can see being worn by Anna!
My contribution to the party was the cake, or should I say cakes - I made 60 cupcakes and one small cake to sit on top of the tower to be cut by the 'Bride & Groom'.
I went for simple vanilla cupcakes today. When catering for large numbers you need a recipe that is quick and easy so I use this one - just throw all the ingredients in your electric mixer and turn it on. Cake batter done.
Vanilla Cupcakes (makes 24)
250g (9oz) softened unsalted butter
2 cups caster sugar
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups plain flour
5 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
Put all ingredents in your electric mixer and mix at a medium speed for 8 minutes or until thick and pale.
When dividing the batter into the cupcake tin, I find using a snap lock bag the simplest and quickest way. Here's how I do it:
Place a large snap lock bag in a tall cup or glass. Use you spatula and fill with cake mixture. Snip off one corner of the bag and use like a piping bag to fill each cupcake paper.
Bake the cakes at 180C (350F) for 15-20 minutes or golden brown and the cakes spring back when touched.
For today's cakes I went for a simple colour scheme of white and silver. I decorated the cupcakes in two ways. The first, I piped a simple swirl on top and decorated with small silver cachous and a fondant butterfly I made using a butterfly shaped punch. Here's how they came out:
The second one was the icing spread over the cupcake evenly, then edged with the silver cachous and finished with a topper made with some diamond patterned card punched using a craft punch.
They call came together on a pretty perspex stand that I hired from my local cake decorating store.
The top cake was a dense chocolate cake - a dense cake works better when using fondant (ready to roll) icing. I made a topper using Nan & Pa's wedding photo and edged the cake with the diamond print paper I found in the scrap booking section of my local craft store.
I called in a favour from the school I teach at (although I am currently on mat leave) and the textiles department kindly lent me a dress makers mannequin and we were able to display Nan's wedding dress - still in fantastic condition after 60 years.
Congratulations Nan & Pa, I hope you had a great day!