Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Birthday cake attempt - Year 1!

As promised, today I will be sharing my newest craft experience - decorating a cake! As my little pud was having a pirate-themed party, of course I needed the cake to fit the theme... it's a skull and crossbones cake, by the way. Just in case you were wondering! The red velvet sponge itself was a cheat (shhh! Betty Crocker all the way) but the most important thing for me was that I decorated it myself. This involved carefully cutting a round sponge, layered with cream cheese icing and raspberry jam, into a skull shape and spreading it with buttercream. The crossbones were baked in loaf tins and cut into shape. It wasn't easy! The chocolate finders and giant buttons finished off his face (at first I forgot the nose holes - it looked terrible). The hardest part had to be my freehand 'Stanley' using chocolate writing icing. The buzz once I'd finished was amazing! The guests all liked it, although there's always the chance that they're just being polite, but do you know what? It tasted GREAT! Next time I think I'm going to keep it simple, but my mother always made and decorated our birthday cakes over the years so it's always been something I wanted to do for my children too. Hmm better get practising over the next year...  Watch this space for a few more baking adventures as my little pud gets bigger and wants to try his hand at baking...

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