swags and frills

December 1, 2009

I know you’re on the edges of your seats waiting for my next Christmas cake update. I can sense it. It’s been a full 24 hours since the last one. Here she is then, looking not too shabby, adorned with swags and frills (well one swag so far, with three more still to do).

This is a much more traditional design than I would usually go for, but we had to master the skills for my cake class so I thought I should use them. I haven’t decided yet what to put on the top of the cake. All suggestions welcome.

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cake update: marzipan Monday

November 30, 2009

This is my round Christmas cake with its layer of marzipan. It’s getting there. I opted for mass-produced marzipan rather than making my own in the end <hangs head in shame>, although I did go for a premium brand so it has quite a high almond content – 36% instead of the typical 25%. By tomorrow the cake will be ready for icing – the marzipan needs to dry first, which takes at least 24 hours. In the left-hand photo you can see CLICK TO KEEP READING…>


chocolate cupcakes, two ways

November 15, 2009

After a sugartastic day at the Cake International exhibition at the Birmingham NEC last Saturday, a friend and I decided to bake cupcakes for another pal’s birthday party last night. The theme was ‘Achromatic Farce on the Earth: the flawed duality of our society’s systems – recession/growth, Tory/Labour etc etc..’ (deep), so we opted to make one batch of white cakes and one batch of black. I was tasked with the latter…which was more difficult to pull off than I anticipated.

I ended up opting for chocolate cupcakes with black icing, jazzed up with CLICK TO KEEP READING…>