Happy Birthday Brother Bill!!
He was delighted to see the cake! He asked me how I knew what the ship should look like, I told him that I modelled it after photos of the HMS Newfoundland (with a good deal of artistic license!). He looked even more surprised and said: "that is the ship I served on!" Let's just say I had some well placed spies.
There are 3 different flavours of sponge, each with it's own filling: vanilla pound cake with vanilla buttercream (the ship itself), dark chocolate cake with chocolate gnash and vanilla buttercream, and caro cake with caro buttercream and caramel. The cake measures 22" long.
I had my worst cake disaster yet with this cake. Here is an original photo of this cake:
Notice how the ocean looks significantly different? Something went very wrong in the structure of this cake, when we arrived at the venue and I opened my boot, I peered down on complete destruction! I have never felt that awful. Thankfully the ship itself was practically unscathed, and there was enough solid cake left to make a very hurried repair. I rushed home, made up a big bowl of blue buttercream and remade the ocean with only minutes to spare. Well, as they say, all's well that end's well, and Bro. Bill was absolutely thrilled with his cake :)