Decorating rose cakes

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Rose swirls are one of my absolute favourite cake decorating techniques – while the finished cakes look unbelievably gorgeous and intricate, they’re so simple to decorate once you know how. Despite having made them over and over again in a range of colours, I never get sick of making them – they’re just stunning.

So I was thrilled to host a rose cake decorating class on Saturday afternoon – what could be more wonderful than spending a couple of hours with a group of lovely people creating beautiful cakes? I busily baked all the cakes the night before, then spent the morning setting up the house and preparing mountains of buttercream – I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much in one place!

After much anticipation (and preparation!) 2.00pm eventually rolled around, everyone arrived and we got started! While the class focused on decorating we ran through the basics of leveling, filling and stacking a cake first, making sure everyone could easily recreate the cake at home.

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Then we moved onto the decorating – and before we knew it, everyone had an absolutely gorgeous rose cake before them! With all the cakes iced the ladies enjoyed an afternoon tea of soda and vanilla bean cupcakes while I packaged up their creations.

Little over two hours after they arrived the ladies headed home armed with a stunning rose cake, a goodie bag filled with treats and the skills to be able to easily decorate rose swirl cakes at home – a pretty wonderful result if you ask me!

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I was so lucky to have some wonderful sponsors involved in the decorating class – a huge thank you to Billington’s for supplying the sugar for the cakes and goodie bags, Wink for sending everyone home with a set of gorgeous cake toppers and tags, The Pretty Baker for helping with the sugar pearls and sanding sugar and Little Ink for supplying twine, glass bottles and straws for our afternoon tea!

Like at my beginner’s cupcake decorating class, I was lucky enough to have Rhys Lake Photography there on the day to take some snaps of the class – don’t they look great?

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Tomorrow is High Tea with Dragons’ second birthday! Over the past 12 months this blog has absolutely blossomed and I continue to be surprised everyday by the sheer number of people visiting my wee plot on the internet.

High Tea with Dragons would be a pretty boring place without all my lovely readers – like a party with no guests – so I wanted to say a BIG thank you to every single one of you! Thank you for your comments, for sharing my recipes with your friends, for liking High Tea with Dragons on Facebook, following me on Twitter and Instagram, and thank you for your emails and photos. And of course, thank you for taking the time to visit and read my blog – you’re the best!

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