Cakes….I love them …to eat a lot..and I have a very nice space to fit them into…my cake shelf (which is really just another name for my muffin top but it’s quite fitting as it’s mainly full of cake mix).
So I’m pretty cack at cooking a decent sponge – if any of you have a magic recipe for the perfect equally rising masterpiece then feel free to add it below – I currently use the weight of the eggs as a guide and make my cake ingredients all the same weight. I was also told to cook the sponge at 150c for a longer time and once it’s risen and the skewer comes out clean then “Hey presto!”
But no celebratory hurrah from the oven this week…more like a Findus crispy pancake, so extra effort was then needed to hide the complete eff up of cake failure under a wedge of lemon butter icing..hopefully the taste will compensate for the Brillo type sponge it surrounds! I’ll let you know…..
Decoration on the other hand is not quite such a challenge as I love a good bit of modelling, fiddling and moulding to get it just how I wanted. I started out with shop bought jobbies in the early days or just a batch of cupcakes, but over the years I’ve gradually plucked up the courage to bake and I now have lots of fun making my children’s requests each year… Having both boy and girl, and with an age gap, they at the moment, tend to be opposite ends of the spectrum.
But then it’s all change when it comes to friend’s cakes – and I was told this recently after I uploaded my latest to Facebook…..that I apparently tend to be slightly more “diversely creative” ha ha …or more straight to the point: CRUDE….yes crude….so if you are easily offended look away/close your eyes/close this page now….
Sorry I may appear quite uncouth but I find the ‘dirty’ extremely funny (my dad refers to me as his son!) so when I’m not creating little bunnies or pretty little things, I like to embarrass my buddies by presenting them with a cakeage creation that doesn’t look quite so palatable or easy to swallow 😉
But sharing is caring, and with the gift of giving and being able to offer some sugary treats … who doesn’t want a cock cake for their birthday? Especially when the birthday night out is to a screening of 50 Shades of Grey…
And talking of the dark and mysterious Mr Grey, how talented is Rosie of Rosie Cake Diva who’s lifesized Christian ‘Cake’ Grey appeared on the Graham Norton Show next to the dreamy Jamie Dornan who then proceeded to have a bite of ‘himself’!
You can read the full Daily Mail article here…I’m not so sure I would have been as cool, calm and collected on his cutting, but if the man he’s modelled on is the one scoffing him then I think I would have been pretty chuffed with myself. Go Rosie!
So on reflection, I’m never going to make it as a master baker….but that’s no biggy as I don’t really have the patience or commitment, but I take my hat off to those that can and do….and I mustn’t forget to mention the lovely Cakes by Chelsea if any of you are in the Kent area, her masterpieces are both delicious and beautiful 🙂
And apologies to those of you trying to remove the above images from your brain….what can I say….I’m a creative kind of girl…with an eye for detail, or maybe just an eye for bad taste….
I’ll stick to the sewing machine shall I?
❤️ T xx