To elevate the decoration on top I added some handmade sugar roses and blossoms and some butterflies which I cut from modelling paste and carefully threaded onto wires and left to dry overnight. I was really pleased with how they looked against the fresh fruit.
And pink seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment. Here's an 18th birthday cake I made for a girl who has a passion for handbags and loves pink. Her mum suggested the tree design and so I found the perfect sugarpaste cutting tool which makes 6 different handbags and I ordered it as soon as I'd confirmed the booking. Unfortunately it didn't arrive in time and I had to cut all the shapes by hand. Just as I finished adding the final handbag the post arrived with the cutter in it - typical!
And for some homemade treats, I've been experimenting with pink grapefruit recipes after picking up some lovely pink grapefruits when I saw them on special offer. With them I made two batches of marmalade - one three fruit marmalade which paired the grapefruit with orange and lemon, and one of pure pink grapefruit which was my favourite - it's got a jewel-like garnet pink colour and a beautiful flavour.
There was one last grapefruit left in the bowl this morning and I decided to try making a grapefruit curd with some leftover egg yolks I had in the fridge. I was hoping for a lovely pale pink colour to the curd but the orange of the egg yolks seems to have taken centre stage.
If you really wanted to you could add a couple of drops of pink food colouring, but the flavour is what really counts and it's lovely and delicate and makes a pleasant change from lemon curd. Now all I have to do is make some scones to go with it!