Cake of the Week: A Royal Mail Post Box!
I enjoy all the cakes I make on the whole, but this one I absolutely loved! A foot high bright red Post Box… made to say a fond farewell to a much loved local postie!
Why did I love it so much? Hard to say… but I think it had quite a lot to do with it not “looking” like a cake… do you understand what I mean? You know, most cakes look like cakes, even though they’re usually beautifully decorated and adorned. This one was actually constructed in the shape of the object itself albeit on a much smaller scale.
Anyhow, I was asked to make the cake for a local postman who was being transferred to another route, and who would be much missed for his friendly banter, professionalism and care. A real community hero!
The cake was a moist chocolate cake and was decorated on both sides, one side from the present era with the Royal Cipher of HM Queen Elizabeth II and with the reverse reminiscent of the reign of her father HM King George VI.
The cake worked really well visually I believe, due I think to the use of a limited palette of colours. Pillar box red, yellow, gold and bright green. Simple but visually appealing. And in a nod to the current modern use of email and Instant Messenging, I added a little humour by including a cute snail. Get it? Yes? No? Come on…. “SNAIL MAIL” lol!!
I’m glad to report the cake was loved by all, and I’m told had been completely demolished and eaten outright by said Postie and his sorting office colleagues within a couple of hours! Good job they’ve got miles and miles of letter delivering to do in order to walk off all the calories!