Sunday, July 22, 2012

Johnnie Walker Whiskey Bottle Cake

It's been a quiet few weeks on the blogging front but I've finally made it to my holidays and as if by magic the sun has even started shining. Now I've got a bit more time on my hands I've got a little list of recipes to work through!!!

This Johnnie Walker whiskey bottle cake was first on the list. Made for a 36th birthday with the recipient obviously being a fan of this type of whiskey.
The production of the cake went fairly well. I started by cutting out a card template of a bottle, there are three layers of cake and the shape was cut out of a large cake slab. It's a lemon cake with lemon sugar syrup, lemon buttercream and lemon curd...it was nice and zingy!

The cake was covered in teddy bear brown sugarpaste and to give it a glassy finish, it is painted with confectioners glaze which gives it the shiny effect. The biggest problem with this cake was the pesky black board covering. If anyone has ever used black sugarpaste you'll know what I mean...you end up with black everywhere. Normally when I make cakes I cover the board around the cake once it's in place but I ended up getting black on my whiskey bottle and it wasn't behaving, so I had to resort to covering the board completely before placing the bottle on top. The only problem with this, was rough edges around the bottle, so unfortunately I had to add a ribbon around the bottle which normally wouldn't be there but it doesn't look too bad.
The bottle labels are great, they're printed with edible ink onto rice paper. They can easily be attached by brushing a little water on the back. Edible images are not cheap, about £10 per A4 sheet but they give a great finish and the effect is a lot easier than attempting to pipe the labels!! You can just make out that the label has a little bit of personalisation, the black label whiskey is normally 12 years aged but this special bottle was 36 years aged! The finishing touch was the message on the board which was made with Tappits which were then stuck on with a little edible glue.
Upon completion the cake was appreciated and the sun even shined on the birthday BBQ!

25 comments:

  1. That's just ridiculously good. Wish I had your talent!

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  2. That looks wonderful! I imagine there were some hours put into that.

    Thanks for sharing :O)

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  3. Wonderful cake and very nicely done. I've never used the printing on rice paper decoration, although I have a friend who swears by it, I think it really finishes the cake off a treat.

    I know just what you mean about that pesky black sugar paste :)

    Angela

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  4. Hi Laura, this is another brilliant creation! It looks classy and very masculine. I bet the recipient loved it. Black sugarpaste is the worst, my hands are always black when using it!

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  5. Wow Laura you are SO talented! Super like!!

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  6. Beautiful cake! My husband would love this cake!

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  7. Now it's very hard to believe that can possibly be a cake - well done you, it looks fantastic.

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  8. Alkl of the last four cakes have been amazing your skills are certainly improvong day by day. Move over Peggy I say there's another one to watch out for!

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  9. Yet again I am amazed by your cake making skills. I love this cake and bet the recipient did too! x

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  10. What a brilliant birthday cake! It looks really great!x

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  11. Another great masterpiece from you, Laura! Very well thought and made! :D

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  12. Beautiful job. Where can i buy a card template of a bottle (In the U.S.?)

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  13. Thanks! I made the template myself...it's not difficult...I just drew it freehand on card from a cereal box. I hope this helps!! :-)

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  14. it helped a lot. thanks!

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  15. Fantastic cake! How were you able to make the gold part in the label a really nice shiny kind of gold?

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  16. Hi pastry princess, the label is just a picture of the actual label printed on edible paper, so I think as the original label is very gold then the image was too?!?

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  17. Wow! I thought it would lose it's gold shimmer once printed. May I know where you got the images? Ive been searching the net for the blue label "label" that does not wrap all the way to the side of the bottle but couldn't find any. thanks!

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  18. I just got the images off a google images search. I think I had a bit of a wrap to the sides but not much. Sorry I can't be more specific but I think I just searched the net for images but remember it was hard to find the right ones! Good luck :-)

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  19. Dear Laura this is amazing. How long you can keep the rice paper label on the cake. Didi you use any glue to paste it. Is this the normal rice paper that we can buy from the super market...Also how much will be the cost of this cake and the size of the cake pls?

    Thanks

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  20. Dear Laura this is amazing. How long you can keep the rice paper label on the cake. Didi you use any glue to paste it. Is this the normal rice paper that we can buy from the super market...Also how much will be the cost of this cake and the size of the cake pls?

    Thanks

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  21. Hi Laura, YOUR WORK IS AMAZING.....QUESTIONS: what colors did you use to get to the bottle color - teddy bear brown pls email me at Wilma.rentas@gmail.com - also I went to path mark to make a copy of the label and the black turned blue ... where do u get your edible prints. thanks for your help

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