Henna mehndi style cakes from hennacat Henna / mehndi  skills can be used to brilliant effects on cakes.  I particularly love Christmas fruit cake, especially when it has been fed for a couple of months with rum, sherry or brandy. For this cake I used Nigella’s Easiest Fruit Cake recipe, and covered it with marzipan and royal icing. I sprinkled some very fine silver glitter on the icing base.

The Christmas theme was black and silver.  I prepared glace icing with Wilton black icing colour gel in different concentrations to get three different shades of grey.  I rolled cones (just like henna cones) and filled them with the different colours of icing.

For the mehndi / henna inspired design, I imagined a piece of lace draped over the cake.  The design went over the edge of the cake. I highlighted the pattern with soft silver balls, and finished off with a wide black chiffon ribbon.

Henna mehndi icing tips:

  1. I mixed the glace icing a little thinner than usual, otherwise it was too difficult to squeeze out of the cone easily
  2. Gel paste colours are easy to mix, give a strong colour and don’t taste of anything
  3. I drew my design on grease-proof paper, placed the design on the cake and then used a blunt bamboo skewer to make an imprint of key parts of the design on to the cake (petals, vines)
  4. I used soft silver balls, rather than the hard balls. Be sure to stick the balls to the icing before it dries!
  5. I placed a piece of grease-proof paper over the cake to protect it while I was applying the icing
  6. Professional cake ‘turntables’ help put the cake in a good position for decoration
  7. I tied my hair back and wore vinyl gloves for hygiene purposes, plus the icing gets sticky as it dries
  8. A simple ribbon around the cake helps to present the cake beautifully

When we could bear to cut into it, the cake was delicious!

Henna mehndi style cakes from hennacat Henna mehndi style cakes from hennacat

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One Response to Henna Style Cakes: Shades of grey

  1. purdy merrifield says:

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    From Purdy 🙂

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