This post today is about how I decorated this cake. I made a plain sponge mix and divided it into two sandwich tins, left them to cool and made some butter icing (300g butter, 300g icing sugar, dash of milk, Cream together).
To make the bunting you will need:
Brown parcel paper, (other paper if you like)
A pair of chopsticks,
Some PVA glue,
A thin marker to write on the bunting,
A thick needle to help thread the string through the bunting,
Thread or string,
A paper template to cut out the bunting shapes.
To make the template for the 'happy 21st' I did each length at 4cm.
For the name bunting I reduced this from 4cm to 2cm.
Draw around the template enough for once per letter. Then cut each diamond out.
Fold them in half and put a small blob of glue near the tip of the triangle. This will ensure that there is a gap at the top of the bunting to thread the string through.
While they dry place them under one of the chop sticks to keep them in place. Leave until dry. 20 minutes to be on the safe side.
The cake is now cool. Spread a thin layer of butter icing in the centre and then sandwich the other cake half on top. Then spread a thin layer of icing all over the cake with a spatula. Once this is done place in the fridge for 5-10mins.
Take the cake out of the fridge and finish with the rest of the icing. Spreading it and swirling it to create the desired effect.
I then added these strawberry shimmer crunch chunks to the edge of the cake by carefully pouring them and pressing them into the icing. You could use hundreds and thousands or mini chocolate chips.
Now that triangles are dry you can add your lettering with a felt tip.
Once this is done cut the string into equal lengths, I needed three. Thread the string through the bunting using the needle. Then tie each end onto the chopsticks. Play around with it until you are happy with the look.
(sorry for the lack of photos of this part but it got a bit fidderly!)
Then press the ends of the chopsticks into the cake.
This turned out really well, I am really happy with the way it turned out.