Sometimes, when writing these blog posts I feel the need to delve a little deeper into the history of the cake's subject, one example is the post: The Red Dalek and depending on how accurate you believe Wiki to be, I have learnt loads!
So when writing this blog post I thought it only fair to check out some facts about famous Alice and her Wonderland.
This year, Lewis Carrol's novel 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is 148 years old!!! Who knew?!
Written in 1865 by the Reverend (no less) Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym 'Lewis Carroll', (apologies if I'm going over old ground, but most of this is news to me) it is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.
According to Wiki, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was not only a writer but a mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer!!
To quote Eddie Izzard if I may... 'he must get up very early in the morning!'.
The novel originated from a story told to 3 young girls (one of which was called Alice) during a boat trip in Oxfordshire. The children loved it so much that they asked that it be written down for them, and the book was born. It was published 3 years later and has proven hugely popular ever since. In fact, (again, according to Wiki), there have been 18 films created, the very first being a silent film made in 1903 and of course most recently in 2010, directed by Tim Burton, released by Disney, and, as if anyone really needs reminding... starring the universally gorgeous Johnny Depp... swoooooooon!
With all of the above in mind, it is no wonder that there are hundreds of absolutely fabulous Alice in Wonderland cakes out there ranging from brightly coloured fun for kids to classier numbers for the more discerning among us, so when my customer asked me to make this cake and cupcakes for her mother's 60th birthday tea party I was just a little bit excited!
With slightly muted colours and touches of gold the customer wanted a more adult rendition of the classic tale...
I feel I should add that the teapot tier somehow turned out to be slightly bigger than originally anticipated and with the heat of the day the spout was scaring the bejesus out of me on the journey to it's final destination!
The cupcakes were a selection of the fun elements of the story, including the pocket watch and Tweedledee and Tweedledum...
They looked fabulous set amongst the vintage crockery laden party tables...