Life's better with cake and a sprinkle of fairy dust
This is cake #2 of the United Kingdom instalment for my niece and nephew’s Children’s Day party at kindergarten. See Union Jack Cake #1 here. There’s no way I could make a cake about the United Kingdom and have all these iconic symbols on the cake, without paying a tribute to the Brits’ most significant contribution to the world: the Beatles, and their greatest album ever ‘Abbey Road’.
This paper decorations on the cake were inspired by a paper craft technique that has always fascinated me as a kid – paper tole, except real paper tole comprises much more complex layering of images to create a three-dimensional effect.
I printed out images onto sturdy cardstock, cut them out and hot-glued onto coffee stirrers. Then these were placed into the cake at different positions in the back-, middle and foreground to make an interesting landscape effect. I especially love how the highway runs up one side, across the top and down the other side again. The effect is so busy and so dynamic that it forces the eyes to move together with the images up the side, across and under the Abbey Road ‘billboard’.
Well, if the Beatles tribute is a lost cause on these 3- and 5-year-olds, I hope at least there’s one other familiar face on the highway they can identify with.
Recognise this geezer on the mustard Mini?