The daughter of a friend was turning 19, and her mother had requested a giant cupcake in red/white/pink with bows for her some months ago - knowing Sammi would love it. Hence the practice one a month or so ago, to get the recipe right and work out icing techniques and so on.
Collection was set for Sunday lunchtime, so I would usually have baked Friday night, decorated Saturday night but as it was a Friday night, Mr Becca was in the kitchen. No bother, I woke up a little bit early (weekends usually mean a lie till around 815am, woo hoo) and baked Saturday morning. This would still give a fresh cake, but also allow it time to cool fully before icing and setting. We were off out to a friend's half-way across the country (weeeell, not technically but a good hour or so away, and our country is kinda small) for lunch, so time was of the essence.
So to Saturday night. I had found YouTube videos for making bows out of fondant (I really liked this one, because she made it look so easy) but it wasn't.
As you can see, the bows I made look nothing like the one the girl made, but with enough practice I think I could nearly do it. Or I could save myself the bother, and buy some ready-made by an expert off eBay ;)
I had Googled giant cupcakes to see how others decorated them, as I felt the rose style swirls looked great and wanted to see how other bakers placed them around the cake. That done, I did my best. And feel that I could do better. Still, it turned out well and Sammi and her mum were thrilled with it.
The last one I had made was too tall for any carrier I owned, however I was lucky enough to find a long roll of cellophane and used this to wrap the cake for transport, thus...
Not ideal, but not bad. And it survived the car ride home, so all's well that ends well.