Lambeth Wedding Cake
I'd like to share some photos of a recent Lambeth wedding cake.
Oh, who am I kidding, I'd like to SHOW OFF these photos, because I think they're completely awesome!
Lambeth is a very old school way of decorating cakes, from the early 1900s. It requires hours and hours of overpiping intricate details - and is a challenge for anyone.
This Lambeth Wedding Cake was definitely a change from my average custom cake work, but it was a challenge I was excited to take on. Not only does it feature way more piping than I've ever done (perhaps even cumulatively so!), but it was also a challenge in mental stamina!
Seriously, just look at that nonsense.
This Lambeth style cake required hours upon hours of work, and a TON of royal icing.
Royal Icing is a special kind of frosting that's made with egg whites - or meringue powder. It pipes like regular frosting, but sets up very hard - which is a handy property to have when building many layers of decoration on top of itself!
For another example of what royal icing can do, see my post on Monarch Butterfly Cupcakes.
One time, I used the Lambeth Method to decorate an anniversary cake that was sprayed metallic gold and looked like the Ark of the Covenant. That was something, LOL.
Anyway, more pics:
As I update this post in 2020 - including larger photos - I can't help but feel a little nostalgic about my cake decorating days.
I never thought I'd even consider piping up another Lambeth cake, but as I look at these photos, I kind of wonder if I have another one in my, somewhere.
Maybe someday, I'll bang out another Lambeth cake. Until that point, I think I'll just continue looking at old photos, wondering how I ever managed that level of focus!