187/366 [Fantasyland]

I’ve always been fascinated by the art of cake decoration, which is why this window display had me stopping to look. My mother was a very gifted amateur and our childhood birthday cakes were a testament to her ability – dollies with beautiful decorated skirts, football fields and swimming pools or the number of your birthday. I tried to continue the tradition but had something of an epiphany when I found myself in tears of frustration at midnight before my youngest son’s fourth birthday. I had spent an hour trying to get the icing colour to match the blue of Thomas the Tank Engine. I remember thinking – I spent 6 years at university for this. And all birthdays since have much simpler home made cakes or a lovely bought one. Except for the Thomas fan – his favourite birthday cake is now a passionfruit tart.

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~ by korechronicles on July 5, 2008.

4 Responses to “187/366 [Fantasyland]”

  1. Oh, the tree! The cake shaped like a tree! I’m in love!

    My birthday cakes always looked like, well, brown rectangles when I was growing up. But they tasted marvellous. The one time I had a beautifully fancy ornamental shop-cake, shaped like a book, it was the most horrible dry sponge disappointment.

    No, wait, my Mum once made me a cake like a double-decker bus, all covered in pink icing (it was supposed to be bright red, but Mum ran out of food-colouring), with smarties for people’s faces in all the windows. That was The Cake of Cakes.

  2. Oh my goodness…I think I have entered cake heaven by looking at that photo! I am so hungry for wedding cake or something similar now…and it’s not even 10AM! Great picture – and thanks for the well wishes. Your photos are great!

  3. I bust a gut making Harry’s christening cake, and then took the lousiest photos ever! http://www.flickr.com/photos/25892496@N06/2460734293/in/set-72157604692001879/
    These look way way better. The cakes & particularly the image quality!

  4. I go here to do cake courses. 🙂

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