Poppies for Remembrance

16 Nov

Every year my school commemorates past conflicts on Remembrance Day by inviting “Old Boys” to join our pupils in a service of remembrance, after which they enjoy tea and cake – hosted by me. I confess this is one of my favourite events in the school calendar. It is so lovely chatting to the old chaps, and so delightful seeing them interact with our young boys and girls.

For this year’s tea I decided to make a large chocolate cake decorated as a wreath of poppies. It took much of the weekend before the big day to roll out the red sugar paste and cut the flowers, but ably assisted by my sister Jenny, we managed to create dozens of poppies – enough for one large cake as well as two dozen cup cakes.

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To get the poppy shape I overlaid two four-petal flowers, then used a slice of licorice to make the black centre. A little green sugar paste was also rolled to make a few leaves – these were cut free-hand to give the cake a fairly “natural” appearance.

I iced the cake with a vanilla butter cream in rose-like swirls, then started to apply the poppies.

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Here’s a close up of the poppies.

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The finished cupcakes and the large chocolate wreath cake .

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I was very happy with my finished cake…

 

 

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…and so were our guests 🙂

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