Talented cake artist, Natalie Porter of Immaculate Confections shows you how to create this showstopper which includes a FREE template download.
And if that isn’t enough, one of our subscribers has recreated this beauty – find out how she got on below (hint: it looks amazing).
Recreating the Scandi Christmas cake
You may remember cake creator Heena from our Discovered interview. Heena is working on a project recreating some of our favourite archive CD&S tutorials, to test them and show you how truly easy they are to make and today she’s recreating the Scandi Christmas cake.
Scandi themed Christmas
This year we are having a Scandi themed Christmas, so I went to my go-to magazine for inspiration. As soon as I saw this cake by Natalie Porter, I knew it had to be my Christmas table centrepiece. At first glance I thought I would never be able to recreate such a beautiful cake, but after reading through the step-by-step instructions I felt more confident to give it a go and I was actually really surprised at how easily I was able to follow them; the pictures really do help!
Creating the Scandi Christmas cake
Having access to the magazine online meant I could keep referring back to the pictures to see how it should look as many times as I needed. The instructions said you can either cut out the downloadable templates or you can place the template on top of flower paste and use a very sharp pencil to trace over the shape leaving a guideline in the paste.
I cut out the shapes and then used a very sharp scalpel but didn’t get the best finish. In hindsight I should have scored the sugarpaste with a pencil first (the professionals know best). The beauty of this is that now I know I can put it down to a learning curve for next time. That’s what I love about CD&S - you get to explore what technique suits you best. One of the best tips I learned is to use cornflour under the sugarpaste so it doesn’t stick or distort the shapes when you go to pick it up.
Recreating cakes – you can always add your own personal touch!
My aim is to recreate some of the beautiful cakes that are featured in the magazine past and pre-sent to show you how easy it actually is. Everyone has their own style so naturally it will never be the same but if you follow the instructions and pictures it is possible to create this look and add your own touch like I have done by adding my own ‘Merry Christmas’ monogram using the fabulous SweetStamp sets. I have included some of the pictures of what I did this will be followed by a short how-to video on Instagram. Head over to Heena’s Instagram page to find out more about how she got on and to see her latest creations.
Heena’s top tips for recreating a project
- Take your time to read through the instructions carefully before you start
- Make sure you have everything you need by referring to the ‘what you will need’ list
- Don’t rush and most of all enjoy it!
For more CD&S archive content, discover Exact Editions, with every issue from 2009 available online! That’s over ten years of fantastic projects, tips and techniques right at your fingertips. Go to www.cakedecmag.uk/EEARCHIVE.