Tuesday 3 July 2012

Lighthouse birthday cake

It's been a while since I posted something that I baked, so I thought it was a good opportunity to show off one of my all time favourite cakes - a lighthouse cake! I made this a while ago for the accounts manager at my work - her husband used to work on lighthouses so she wanted a nautical themed cake for his birthday with matching gluten-free cupcakes.

I used fondant to make all the little details (including the life boat rings, aw), and just sloshed on blue buttercream on top to make the waves. I used an edible pen to write on happy birthday but I wished that I had cut these letters out of fondant, or iced them on instead! Argh. Next time I'll know!

The matching cupcakes were all gluten-free. I just followed my favourite cupcake recipe and replaced the flour with gluten-free stuff. I made the shells by pressing fondant into a mould, and brushed them with some lustre powder (so they were nice and sparkly, but you can't really see that here!).

They all went down a treat! I love themed cakes, they are so fun to do.

p.s. I feel a little bit like I'm cheating by showing you all a cake from days gone by, but I've never posted it on here before, so it's hopefully okay!


  1. That cake is impressive - well done you and all those little cupcake decorations are so cool!

  2. Wow I'm seriously impressed - how did you get the buttercream on top to go into such perfect waves?


    1. Thanks! Ha, I used the method "bashing it about with a spoon". If you don't mix the blue food colouring all the way into the icing it helps add more depth and texture too. x

  3. These are so cute! And thank goodness you put buttercream on top - my fave :)

  4. What beautiful cakes!!
    I'm an avid baker but I can never get my cupcakes to look as neat as yours!
    The lighthouse cake is lovely too.. As a child my mum always used to make me fantastic cakes like this.. Gorgeous :)

    Claudia X


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