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Sugar Skull and Henna Style Gothic Birthday Cake

Sugar Skull and Henna Style Gothic Birthday Cake

I love henna and I love cake and the only thing better than a great Christmas cake, is a Simnel cake given the Christmas cake treatment. For my birthday in 2014 I decided to work with a grey sugar skull inspired design on a base of nearly black royal icing. The cake looked amazing surrounded by dark blood red roses and green ivy – almost (but not quite) too good to eat. As usual, the icing was applied mehndi style…

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Henna Style Cakes: Shades of grey

Henna Style Cakes: Shades of grey

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…

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