Swirly cake

I really enjoyed making this cake, I’ve neglected my baking recently for all sorts of kitchen/boiler related reasons. Regardless of the situation, I have decided to bake on! That is what Mary would do, and don’t we all want to do as Mary does? I digress.

I whipped up a vanilla sponge with a classic 8,8,8 oz (sugar, self raising flour, butter) to 4 egg ratio and bunged it in the oven at 180C until risen, golden and cooked in the middle. I mixed up enough buttercream to sink a kayak, divided it up and coloured it in varying shades of blue. If you whip your buttercream lots and lots until it goes pale (before colouring it), you will achieve a smoother, paler buttercream.

The key to any good decoration is a cool cake. Once cooled, I cut it in half and layered lots of raspberry jam on one half of the cake and blackcurrant jam on the other (it’s good to mix things up every once in a while). I spread buttercream thinly on top of the jam and sandwiched the cakes together.

The coloured buttercream was carefully spooned into three piping bags. I like to put the piping bag in a mug and then fill it up- stops the bag falling all over the place. It is best to avoid buttercream splodges around the top of the bag as it will go all over your hands very quickly once you start squeezing !

To make a neat pattern I piped sausages of colour around the edges of the cake, alternating when it felt right to do so. The tricky bit is to use a spreader and blend it together to get very straight, smooth sides. I can always feel my heart beating LOUDLY when I approach any cake with a spreader (it’s very distracting). The remaining buttercream is used to make a swirly pattern on top to finish. I spent an awful lot of time touching it up, it’s hard to say when to stop phaffing. After all that, best not to keep it near a radiator as it will make you cry when all that smoothing and swirling melts everywhere.

This cake is dedicated to Kate who is due to have a baby boy very soon. 😀 🤰

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Guinea pig cake


My sister turned 25 this week and to celebrate we bought her some guinea pigs. Lotty has always been animal mad and works at Chester Zoo. The grey pig is called Gin and the brown one is Rhubarb.
So…. it only made sense to make a guinea pig cake. A sticky toffee guinea pig cake. I was very impressed with the recipe I found online (see link). You just have to remember to buy a lot of dates. 


He’s covered in toffee buttercream fur and his feet and ears are made out of fudge. I’m pretty happy with him, he’s about 5x bigger than the baby pigs! 

https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/gloriously-sticky-toffee-cake

Blastocyst cake

I made a blastocyst for a colleague’s leaving cake. For those of you who are not sure what a blastocyst is, it is an embryo that is about 5 days old (humans that is). I made a vanilla sponge and plopped plenty of vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam inside. I then created the embryo by using sweets. Those  ‘jelly tot’ like sweets look a bit GM. If you’re not convinced it’s a blastocyst, then feel free to think of it as a UFO or something equally fun. 

Snowy face


I made a snowman face out of lemon cake (not yellow snow…..) . He has coal eyes and a big tangerine nose. Not sure what I can pretend his smile is made out of…. 

Usually snowmen wear scarves but I thought this one looked a bit fannnncccy so I bobbed him in a bow tie. I love a good bow tie, I don’t know why we don’t all wear them more often! I rouged his cheeks to give the world inpression he’s had too much sherry. Well we’ll see how Jeremy goes down at lunch time (and yes I always name my snowmen … although most of time I make snow cats). Why hasn’t it snowed yet?!?!???

Festive Yule Log


Nigella is the answer to all things naughty and chocolatey. Behold, my first Yule log in a very long while. I broke my hand mixer so it took me a lot longer than normal to whisk my egg whites. Check out Nigella’s website for the recipe:

https://www.nigella.com/recipes/yule-log

The Yule log barely has any ingredients in it actually, it’s a flour free recipe so it makes a very light sponge. Be careful not to burn it because it doesn’t take long to cook in a shallow baking tin. Best to let the sponge cool too before adding the chocolate buttercream, otherwise you just end up with a lot of melted butter…


I finished my Yule log with some icing sugar snow, holly and a friendly robin. 

Merry November!

Happy Halloween !

I’ve had a bit of a baking dry spell recently and Halloween was the perfect excuse to make a cake and dress up. My friends and I decided to dress up as the Scooby Doo gang. Jinkies!


I made a ghostly green lemon drizzle cake with purple icing. The drizzle syrup was dark green to make the sponge look particularly gruesome. I plonked a friendly little spider on the top. I’m not really a fan of scary things! 

I covered the cake in purple icing and then piped a swirl of white icing on top. I used a cocktail stick to give it a webbed look by dragging it through the icing evenly. 

Voila! That’s the only kind of spider I want to find in my kitchen….
‘Let’s do what we do best Scoob, eat’ – Shaggy 

Eukaryotic cell cake

Where are my fellow nerds out there? An old colleague of mine left her job today to become a biology teacher so I thought a biology themed cake was in order! I used lots of bright, fun colours and big shapes to create the intracellular components. Can you guess what each component is? 


I decorated the side of the cake with a thick plasma membrane and integral proteins to make it look swish. 

Good luck Molly, I’m sure you’ll make a fantastic teacher !!!! 🙂