|It's not a printed photo - it's icing!|
|Dracula pondering the Romanian flag|
I went on one of these expeditions when I was 16 to Mongolia - a travel destination I'm unlikely to top in the rest of my life! Jump 9 years down the line, and I was chief leader of the Poland expedition, and then stuck out several years on the committee. I've stepped back a bit at the moment, since Mini-M is providing plenty of opportunities for adventure of a different kind - sometimes just getting to the supermarket and back and feel like a bit of an expedition!
But I knew I really wanted to make everyone a special cake for the 20th Anniversary ceilidh that was held in October. I wanted something that represented all of the expedition destinations over the years, so I went for a map of the world with flags of all the visited countries around the sides, and a small model symbolising each expedition. I made the models out of modelling clay because I needed to make them in advance, and didn't want any melting or cracking disasters, and let's face it - none likes eating fondant icing on its own anyway!
When it came to icing, I discovered the slow and painful way that the outline of the world is really wiggly. Cue epic hand cramp! But I got there :o)
|Of course, I may have altered years of geological processes!|
How did I do it - I printed the outline and lettering onto a sheet of paper, which I placed on top of the cake. I then got a sharp sterilised pin and pricked all around the outline - that in itself was fairy time consuming, but was nothing compared to the icing! And then I very carefully, with my heart in my mouth, joined the dots with black royal icing - and breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when it was done.
|No spelling mistakes - phew!|
|Scotland attached as the guinea pig - it stayed put so the others followed soon after|
|Guardians of the cake...|
Here are all of the models and their associated countries...
|Mongolia 1999 - Ger|
|Peru 2003 - Guinea pig on a stick|
|Ukraine 2011 - Flower garland|
|Solar Eclipse 1999 - Sunglasses|
|Poland 2008 - Sister Klara|
|Vietnam 2005 - Cyclist|
|India 2001 - Curry, naan and a flower garland|
|Norway 2006 - Fjord Kayaking|
|Cuba 2012 - Classic Cars|
|Kenya 1997 - Safari|
|Zambia 2007 - White water rafting|
|Romania 2002 - Dracula|
|Pyrenees 2004 - a mouflon sheep|
|Scotland - several - the Ocean Bounty|
|Lesotho 1993 - a Basotho hat|
|Chile 2010 - petroglyphs and red wine|
|Ecuador 1995 - a condor|