Sugarbird's Sweet Nothings

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Published on October 21st, 2012
by Clarabella

All things for a Scottish Birthday


So this week I had to make a birthday cake for a lady’s 50th birthday. Her partner ordered it as a surprise for her party which was to be held up in Scotland which is where she’s from. The brief from the gentleman was that the cake was to be ‘All things Scottish’, as the birthday girl is apparently ‘very Scottish’. I did not know there were different levels of Scottishness, but thats fine with me.


Its hard to sum up a person, and all that they are Nationality-wise, in a cake. I did not want to be too stereotypical but I also wanted to stick to the brief which was for a humorous Scottish theme. OK, I can do that. I ran it past my dear friend and neighbour who is Scottish herself, and she mostly agreed with what I’d been thinking, which was the Saltire (Scottish flag), thistles, highland cows, nessie, bagpipes, men in kilts and tartan. Now its not generally a good idea to put EVERYTHING on a cake. It can look cluttered and messy which is not the look I am going for. So I chose a couple of those elements, which I was able to do in the tight time frame provided. And I have to say I was pleased with the result. I love the highland cow. The extruder is great for long hair like that and gives a finish that is much finer and neater than piping with royal icing could be.

I do hope that the customer and the birthday-lady liked it. I certainly liked making it 🙂