Thursday, September 13, 2012

English Thistle Cake

There are times that I sit down to write a post and .......crickets!  I stare at the pictures of cake that I have to share with you and feel that all I have to offer is my cake itself.  I don't have a witty anecdote or story to go along with it, just cake.  As you might have guessed, this is one of those times.  To be honest, I'm not much of a writer and never have been(I'm sure you have noticed).  This site has always been about cake and not me or my sad lack of writing ability.  So I hope you won't mind if today I just show you cake with a little instruction to go with it, no frills, nothing fancy, ...just cake.  That's what you're here for anyway, right?

As you might guess from the 50 on top of the cake, it was made for a 50th wedding anniversary.  I thought I would show you how I made the thistle flowers.

I started by piping the stems with a Wilton tip #3.  Using a Wilton tip #6, I piped the base for the lower part of the thistle flower.  I don't know what this part of the flower is called.

Next, pipe the purple flower with a Wilton tip #2.

Last comes the little prickly parts on the flower base.  Using Wilton tip #2 I piped little pointy dots over the base.

I hope you find an excuse to use thistles on one of your cakes.  They are pretty fun!