Sunday, 10 July 2016

The cake!

For my daughter's birthday last week I made the birthday cake.

I love having a go at cakes. I have to stress that I'm by no means a baker. I'm even less of a cook. I wish I enjoyed cooking, I really do, but I never have. I see how passionate people are about food and cooking and I wholeheartedly admire that. Alas, I watch from afar....

Hmmm.. anyway.. I do enjoy making cakes for my daughter's birthdays each year.
My youngest picked out a drip cake for her birthday. I then planned around that. I made four chocolate mud cakes from Betty Crocker pre mixed packets. I layered them on top of each other with a thin layer of chocolate mousse in between to help the layers stick and add some texture.

At this stage I wasn't sure - do I leave the cake 'naked' looking, or add a layer of icing all over before the big drip drip topper? I decided to coat the cake with a thin layer of strawberry icing (go Betty Crocker again!)

At this stage I thought - woaaaah, this cake is high!
Nevertheless, I plundered onwards. I should add that between each stage I put the cake back in the fridge to set it. 

Now, I was ready for the exciting part - the drip and decorating. I'd never made fondant before, which is a big part of why I thought I'd share my experience with making its here. I'd read up on it and thought I was prepared. Two parts chocolate to one part heavy cream. Id also read that, if adding colour, it must be water based and no more than two drops.

Thank goodness I had a backup stash of cooking chocolate!
The first batch I made, with white chocolate was way way WAY too runny! To make matters worse, I added just one drop of Royal food colouring (I even visited the Royal website to look for tips) but, as soon as I added the colour, the chocolate seemed to seize up and fragment apart and the colour was far from electric blue - more like a sad sea green!

I then tried it all again using milk chocolate and less cream - more like 3/4 chocolate and 1/4 cream this time. It worked! The dripping was so much fun.. really easy and I'd pre-made bark with smashed up Oreos and sprinkles in advance. (How much fun is bark to make!?) I also added halved Oreos all the way around, which was a big hit with the kids.

E voila! ps: the number 9 is from the talented Laura at The Creative Muster (

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