By Fiona Cairns
This exotic cake is inspired by my yearly visits to India. Its dazzling array of sugarpaste full-blown roses in clashing colours reminds me of sizzling-hot spices. Even if your roses are not perfect, their sheer impact in these vibrant colours, dusted with glitter and encircled with bejewelled ribbon, will create a stunning centrepiece.
The roses can be made a few weeks ahead. Divide the sugarpaste into 5 blocks (this quantity makes about 40 × 5cm roses).
When colouring the sugarpaste, the use of black is optional. It does make a more interesting colour, but use literally a pinprick when required. Mix all the 5 colours. Create a deep red with poppy red, egg yellow and liquorice b