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Friday 7 September 2018

How to make a Quilted Princess Birthday Cake - step by step

This summer we saw Charlotte turn one, and as is the tradition in my family - I make the cakes myself. I don't come at this from a professional angle (ha!) I am very much an amateur and this 'how to' guide is really aimed at other parents who just want to give it a go themselves but need a little visual guidance! 

Quilted Princess Birthday Cake - how to make step by step

Arthur's 1st birthday was a star themed birthday cake based on his first word and obsession! His 2nd was a Fireman Sam cake (made whilst suffering badly from morning sickness!) and earlier on this year I made him a Bin Lorry Birthday Cake for his 3rd birthday. For Charlotte, I didn't really have a set idea in mind except that I wanted a quilted cake, so I set up a Pinterest birthday cake ideas board and decided to just get started and let it evolve as I went along! 

To make this cake yourself  you will need:

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Stage 1 - making the cake:

I used quite a deep cake tin as I wanted a tall, single cake. I only have the one tin so I actually did this in 2 stages, making one vanilla sponge and one lemon sponge. 

To give a nice flat top with clean edges, I used the bottom of the cake on the top and sliced the 'bump' off the top of the cake and used the top for the middle. I sandwiched the two cakes together using a thin layer of jam and a thin layer of buttercream (not too much otherwise is would squash out and also slip).

I had lots of buttercream left over so I used this to cover the entire cake as the 'glue' with which to stick to fondant icing.

making the birthday cake ans covering it in buttercream

Stage 2 - Icing the cake:

This is the bit I find the most tricky, I haven't quite mastered a perfect fondant covering! I rolled the icing onto baking paper (using icing sugar to stop it from sticking), before using the paper to lift and transfer the rolled icing onto the cake. Once it was in place I smoothed it down and trimmed off the excess.

Next, I used the silicone mould (link above) to make the floral border for the front of the cake. This was REALLY fiddly and the mould is so intricate i did have to use a small knife to cut away some of the icing around the edges.

I stuck this edging to the fro of the cake using a little water and a paintbrush, before painting it with a gold shimmer.

Icing the birthday cake and adding the gold floral frame

Stage 3 - Quilting the cake:

I actually used the square end of a cocktail stick box to press the diamond/square shapes into the sides of the fondant icing on the cake - but you could easily just used a knife to make diagonal lines around the cake in both directions.

To give the quilting a really luxurious feel, I finished off each corner of the diamond with an edible silver pearl. I then sprayed the whole cake with a shimmer spray , or you could use a lustre spray which I have linked to above. This gave the cake a lovely sheen.

I loved how the cake looked at this stage, but it did feel a little too much like a wedding cake, so the next stage was to add in some colour to make it appropriate for a first birthday...

quilting the birthday cake

Stage 4 - Final birthday cake decorations:

As you can see in the photos, I used the pink shimmer to paint the background within the gold frame. 

I added a thin layer of buttercream to the top of the cake and then sprinkled on a mixture of pink and bronze sugar crystals (I mixed them together before sprinkling).

I added some pink food colouring to the remaining buttercream and then piped this around the edge of the crystals on top of the cake, before adding a thin pink line around the bottom of the cake to finish it off.

A number 1 candle was added to the top and I made a little flower for the top using the remainder of the fondant icing - which I edged in pink using the pink food colouring pen.

icing and sprinkling the top of the birthday cake with pink

Stage 5 - Adding the name to the birthday cake:

This was actually the trickiest bit as I couldn't make any mistakes!! I used the pink food colouring pen to add a number 1 to the center of the frame before writing in Charlotte's name! 

What do you think?

pink white and metallic quilted princess birthday cake

Step by Step visual of making the quilted birthday cake:

step by step visual of how to make a quilted princess birthday cake

Is there anything you would do differently?

I'd love to hear your thoughts...

Sarah x 


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