Thursday, 8 September 2011
West Ham Football Shirt Cake
Not being a football fan I definitely had to research the latest West Ham football shirt for this cake. Jay told me that the important elements to this cake were the hammers on the emblem and getting the colours right. I think I managed to get the colours pretty spot on, it took a bit of time to get the sugar paste to the right shade, which meant quite a bit of kneading, so my arms got a bit of a work out.
I used grape violet, red and navy to get the maroon colour and a combo of ice blue and navy for the blue. I added the colourings a little at a time in case it came out too strong, it's always best to add colour gradually as you can always add more, but you can't get rid of it once you've added it, to lighten it you'd need to mix in more white sugar paste which would be a waste.
The emblem was piped on using royal icing with the tiniest hole I could create in my parchment piping bag, seeing as I had to make sure I got those important hammers in!