This cake was a second order for the same customer. Straight forward really they wanted a Liverpool football shirt cake similar to the one I had made last year for another customer. It was the new shirt so this was slightly different and the cake pan (which I hired from Norma Linton at Cameo Cake Craft in Birkenhead) was different as the one I’d used before was out on hire. It worked out fine actually and I was really pleased with the overall look being not a complete copy of the previous one.
The cake itself was vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling (tried and tested no problems) just realised I’ve stopped calling it Victoria sponge but don’t know when or why……could be Victoria when it’s filled with fresh cream and strawberries maybe…..who knows? I digress…….back to my cake!
So the cake has been baked, cooled and sliced and is ready for the filling. When I make shirt cakes (lol this is only my second) I usually do just the two layers. Filling with the buttercream over the jam. Traditionally it’s raspberry jam but for years I’ve used strawberry, sometimes I ask if the customer has a preference but majority don’t mind either way. That said I have taken to using raspberry more often than I used too. It’s good to have options…..even just for jam!
Once the shirt….or cake has been filled and then the crumb coat layer of buttercream applied I chill the cake before applying another coat. How long is up to you but you want the cake to be firm enough to apply the fondant (sugarpaste) once you’ve smoothed out any lumps and bumps. Tip 1…I wrap my cakes in cling film before placing in the fridge or freezer for chilling. Tip 2…..After the chilling process I remove the cling film place greaseproof paper over the cake and using a smoother I smooth out any uneven parts of the cake. Although this works better on regular shaped cakes especially round ones.
Once you’ve reached the next step, applying the fondant (making sure you’ve given it a good knead) you’ve rolled out make sure to apply some cooled boiled water with a pastry brush or similar to your cake to make the buttercream slightly sticky. This will allow the fondant to adhere to your cake. Smooth over the fondant using your smoother tool till you’ve attached the fondant to your shirt cake…..not easy I know with this shape but practice makes perfect as they say….or is it trial and error?
If you’ve managed this stage, the best is still to come! My favourite bit the creative bit…..Just realised how late it is and the clocks go forward soon so we loose an hour will have to resume tomorrow…..or is that today lol!
Back from Mother’s Day Meal with the family and to resume where I left off yesterday…….or today at 1.45am…….Just had to read back to see where I was up to lol….my favourite bit…..the creative bit……..
I forgot to mention the colour of the fondant I had to darken as I had ordered red for the Liverpool shirt I did previously and hadn’t realised the shirt had been changed to a sort of burgundy or cherry. So I happened to have a small amount of ruby red and mixed this with the crimson red. This seemed to work and just had enough for the shirt and scarf. I cut out the collar shape and applied to the neck area. I used a stitching tool to add stitch work detail. For the lettering and white piping detail around the collar and shoulders I used my number moulds and white gumpaste. The logo’s I had printed at Cameo Cake Craft in Birkenhead and just trimmed and applied to the shirt cake.
Lastly I cut a long strip of the red paste and cut some white strips to make the scarf and added the fringe bit at the ends. Finally adding the lettering to the scarf to complete the Liverpool Football Shirt Cake! Hope you’ve enjoyed this blog, and like my cake of course!
Please see image below for my first Liverpool Football Shirt Cake 2018