Summer Solstice Cake

25th June 2020 , ,

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Oh hi there beautiful! I made this rose topped cake at the weekend and HAD to capture it amoungst my blooming ammi. Saturday was also the summer solstice which I didn’t realise but I’m sure made these photos feel extra magical. I love summer and will never pass up the opportunity to celebrate it in all its beautiful floral glory. As I didn’t have long, I set this cake table with a cloth picked up in France, an arrangement I was playing about with using left overs from my flower stall and pretty rose patterned plates. Simple moments really do make the everyday beautiful, cake instructions below. Bon appetit!

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For the cake I swear by the all-in-one sponge by Queen Mary Berry. I baked mine the night before so it had plenty of time to cool.

For the decoration I whisk up a small carton of double cream with a tablespoon of sifted icing sugar. I then hull and chop strawberries into quarters and add them to the bowl (I sometimes add raspberries too). I give them another mix until the cream turns pink.

Using a spatula I spread a thick layer onto the base cake making sure I get right up to the edges and sandwich the second cake on top. I then spread a thin layer to the top and sides. Due to my children misbehaving I popped it into the fridge whilst I sorted a small skirmish – it worked wonders and set the cream. You don’t have to do this step but I recommend.

To finish I scattered rose petals around the edge of the cake and added three juicy strawberries and a few mini meringues off centre. I then added small roses and feverfew daises to fill in the gaps. As a final flourish I sprinkled a few more rose petals and a gentle dust of icing sugar.

Keep cool until ready to eat or instagram!

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More summer cakes here…

Classic Sponge with Eton Mess Filling

Layered Lemon Cake

Early Autumn Afternoon Tea

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