Gin & Tonic Cake for a Big Birthday

18 Feb

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It was my friend Anne’s 30th birthday yesterday, and for some reason she decided not to hide in a hole to contemplate her old age but opted for a celebration instead. Each to their own, I say!

As our friendship is largely – not solely, but still – based on drinking G&T together, I thought it was the perfect occasion to bake this cake. I’d found the recipe on BBC GoodFood, as ever one of my go-to places for new recipes.

But I added a twist: rather than deciding not to follow the instructions exactly, this time round I simply … screwed up a little bit. Because I am subconsciously creative like that.

As a consequence, the texture was not ideal. But I was really pleasantly surprised that the cake actually tasted somewhat of Gin & Tonic! And I loved how a number of people at the party were really confused by a cake with cucumber decoration. :D

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I am definitely going to make this cake again, although I am not a massive fan of the icing. I didn’t use all of it, and I still thought it was bit much, and a bit too sweet. Maybe I’ll experiment with cream-cheese based stuff the next time.

This is the point where I’ve run out of mildly interesting things to say. I hate having to come up with closing words.
Er…

Hang on, I’ll think of something in a moment …

 
*scarpers*

 

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Star Wars Day 2017 – Vader Beetroot Brownies

4 May

Darth Vader Beetroot Dark Brownies

May the Fourth Be with You!

Star Wars Day 2017 – Asparagus Lightsabre Tartelette

4 May

 

Asparagus Lightsabre Tartelette

Happy Star Wars Day!

Spring Flower Meadow with Anthill Cake

3 May

I am late blogging my spring cake!

But then, spring is late too, so screw that.

Anyway! I baked a spring cake. A Spring Flower Meadow Cake with Anthill, to be more precise:

Spring Meadow Cake with Anthill

It’s a white chocolate chip cake with a cream cheese icing, green coconut and marzipan flowers.

I made it for my friends at work. One of which is a bit complicated. They are all a bit complicated, to be honest, and I can be frank about this. Because none of them read my blog. :D

Anyway, one of the Intended Cake Recipients is complicated in terms of coconut. So I had to find a reason to include a bit of meadow without any grass.

The only sensible solution:
an anthill!

I loved that I got to use my wonderful bug sugar sprinkles again.

That’s all. I’ve done it. I blogged my spring cake.
The ball’s in your court, spring.

Happy 2017!

1 Jan

2017 cheese bites

Happy New Year, everybody!

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but I believe in cheese bites with poppyseed numbers on them.

This year, let’s continue to bake the world a better weirder place!

‘Tis the season … of the Walking Bread

29 Dec

The Walking Bread

 

Deck the halls with undead folly

Fa la la la la la la la la!

 

For this year’s advent I baked cute little gingerbread zombies. I used this recipe from bbcgoodfood.com for the dough, plus food colouring, royal icing and my beloved skulls-and-bones sprinkles.

 

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

The Walking Bread  The Walking Bread

 

Some of them are unhappy. I think it’s because they’re always hungry. That’s one of the things I would hate about being a zombie.

The ones who have just eaten tend to be a bit happier.

 

The Walking Bread      The Walking Bread

 

Also:

Black Sheep.

The Walking Bread - Black Sheep

 

And:

zombie shark.

The Swimming Bread

Because I can.

 

Don we now our slowly rotting apparel

Fa la la la la la la la la

Troll the ancient zombie carol

FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!

Volcano Scenery Cake for Dissertation Origami Dinosaurs

28 Feb

Volcano Cake

This last weekend, we had a double-barrelled party. It is not usually my style to combine two occasions into one party; I am much more likely to have multiple parties for one and the same occasion of course!

But. Life is what happens to other people while you’re busy planning your cakes, as the old saying goes. Also, life gets in the way. Two and a half weeks ago, it was my birthday, but I was living la vida poca at the time and therefore couldn’t celebrate properly.

And then a second party occasion had unfolded in the meantime. I finished the work on my dissertation, which left me exhausted, confused, and in possession of about 700 pages of text printed for proofreading purposes.

What does one do with all that paper? Why, make origami dinosaurs of course!

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Raptorus Dissertationis

 

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Origamosaurus

 

And then you have to bake a cake volcano so they feel at home. Obviously.

The ground is a white chocolate sheet cake with a dark chocolate cream, green desiccated coconut for the grass and some blue vanilla pudding for the lake.

The volcano is a lovely courgette and hazelnut cake with chocolate icing and orange vanilla pudding lava. (E numbers are your friends, remember!)

 

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Getting the volcano shape right proved too difficult for me, as you can see. But it takes all sorts, I have learned, and why shouldn’t this apply to volcanoes as well!?

On the plus side, I had bug-shaped sugar sprinkles to add some more (and also edible) wildlife:

bugs

All in all, a cake worthy of the occasions, methinks!