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Lorry cake

These are another two cakes that I have made over the last couple of weeks for people at work. Both of them took quite a few hours of work but I'm quite pleased with how they have turned out. I generally make a madeira cake, which is tasty but also quite robust and withstands carving into various shapes. I froze the lorry cake as it makes carving in to shapes much easier so hopefully it will still taste nice. I am dropping the lorry cake off tomorrow and await the verdict.

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Reader Comments (22)

Sarah you're so talented, you should take this up professionally, seriously I know people who've done courses and aren't near as good as you!!!!

I have to agree with Rachel, these are absolutely fantastic! The truck is just adorable! :)

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

The truck cake is AWESOME! I've always wanted to try making one, but I've been intimidated...any tips?

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Oh WOW! Your cakes left me speechless. You are so very talented and I enjoy being left speechless by good things for a change :). I'll be adding you to my blog roll.

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLore

Thanks guys!

Amy, I made an eight inch square madeira cake and then cut it in half. I cut one of the halves in half again lengthways and sandwiched it to the top of the other half to make a the trailer taller. I rolled out some sugar paste I coloured grey and covered the trailer all over having already iced the end pieces first. I then cut the remaining half of the cake across ways and sandwiched them together on top of one another with buttercream to make the cab at the front. I then froze the cab so I could carve it more easily into a more rounded shape and then iced it with green icing. My icing skills are not exactly brilliant but it is the detail which really makes it, so don't worry too much if it doesn't come out as smooth as you would like. Also I always end up getting my sugar paste stuck to the work surface when rolling it out so use plenty of corn flour. I hope that all makes sense but if you are really interested you might want to get a good cake decorating book to guide you through it better than I can ;-)

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Bell

Well, I know the recipient will be very happy. Both cakes are adorable!

I'm really impressed!

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterilva

Both cakes look fantastic...great job!

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMy Sweet & Saucy

Wow!! Look at this cake. I missed some of your latest posts on flickr. Very nice work.

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

That is one the cutest cakes I've ever seen! I love all the details! You make me want to run home and start playing with fondant right now.

Actually I'm about to create my first fondant covered cake. I am going to make a wine bottle in a wooden crate for a friend of mine's house warming party. I'm so excited and nervous to make it!

Keep posting more cakes! You're an inspiration!

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Thanks everyone for your comments

Julia,

I have seen a book with a cake like you've described in it so it may be worth taking a look. I think it's this book

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Confetti-Cakes-Cookbook-Cookies-Cupcakes/dp/0316113077/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212001891&sr=8-1

and the cakes in it are amazing. I tend to just go and leaf through a load of books sitting on the floor of a book shop rather than have to buy loads of different ones. Good luck!

May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Bell

Wow! Your cakes are terrific. That little truck is so cute. I need to learn how to work with fondant. If I keep seeing work like this, it won't be long.

May 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkellypea

Amazing truck cake!! My son would love it for his 3rd..hmm. Lot'sa work, eh?

May 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

Amazing talent Sarah, those cakes are fabulous :)

June 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Goddess

Hi Sarah!

I've sent you an email a couple of days ago and since I don't know if it reached you I thought I'd leave you a comment.

I am planning on making a post on what I consider to be the most original food photos of the last month(s). I will be posting the 10 photos on Culinarty with a link back to the authors. Because I like your lorry cake photo, I would very much like to include it in my post. Would that be ok with you?

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLore

I just got your message. Thanks for giving me your permission :)

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLore

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ı worknıg pasrty chefs

June 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryavuz

Hello,

i stumbles here via Lore's 'most inspirational food photos'...your cakes are really fantastic! I was surprised to hear you don't do this professionally because the results make one think you're a pastry chef or something!

Can you please share your icing recipe? Sugar paste, to be specific. I have yet to get it right. I don't get ready made sugar pastes here and have to make my own...it would make icing cakes so much easier.

Thanks.

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpecs

i meant i *stumbled here..sic. Sorry!

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpecs

Specs

I have to admit that I don't actually make it but I get Regalice sugar paste. You can get it from here: www.cakecraftshop.co.uk.

Alternately here is a recipe but I imagine the one you have is probably just as good. It is difficult to get the same result as bought stuff and the only thing I can suggest is practice. I'm doing my cousin's wedding cake soon and briefly thought about making my own but I'm not brave enough.

http://www.pastrywiz.com/wedding/wedding11.htm

Thanks for your comments

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Bell

Hi Sarah
Just came across your lorry cake and I think it's amazing. So many are the ordinary lorry but you have managed to achieve a completely different type of cake here.
I should imagine the verdict when you got it was nothing but praise
Well done you

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercakeboard

Thanks very much! I think it is one of the best but most labourious and involved the most swear words whilst making it I think ;-) I think the castle cake comes a close second!

http://www.stuffyerbake.co.uk/2008/02/26/pirate-birthday/

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Bell

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