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Or rather, I’ve already baked three cakes. These were the cakes I baked and decorated for my sister’s 21st party a few weeks ago.

It was a cherry chocolate cake iced with chocolate butter icing, glacé cherries and homemade pink fondant icing. Well, it was supposed to be red, but it was impossible with the ingredients I had on hand. The cake recipe itself was quite simple but somehow I managed to break one cake in half as I turned it out of the pan but it was nothing a good lashing of icing couldn’t fix!

I liked the way the cake decorating turned out, but it didn’t exactly measure up to the grand cake I had envisaged in my head. I had imagined making a vibrant red fondant icing and rolling it out and cutting out beautiful crisp letters and making a big red flower out of various red food stuffs like fruit roll ups (I bought some but the red was really an anaemic pink), raspberry licorice (I ate it before I decorated the cake) and other sweet delights.

What I didn’t anticipate was the difficulty and fussiness involved in making fondant icing. I mean, it wasn’t too hard making the icing as such, but the colour was impossible to achieve with liquid food colouring! And when I finally rolled a sheet of the pinkish red icing out, after having it stick to everything, the lovely letters I cut out stretched horribly when I picked them up. So I made a compromise, I rolled out long sausages of icing and wrote on the cake with that.

I actually really like what I ended up with and the best part is, of course, is that my sister loved it and the cake tasted delicious on the day and there was enough for the 80 plus guests we had. All in all, despite a few hiccups along the way, a success!

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I promised a new post, and although it may not be exactly when I promised…here it is.

It was my brother’s brithday last week and I helped him make a cake that he was going to take to a dinner party thing with his mates. So we made cake…it was my favourite of favourite cake recipes, a glazed orange poppy seed cake. I don’t use a sunbeam mixmaster, I use a spoon and it never fails. I really really love this cake. This cake is the reason that I always have poppy seeds in the pantry. Love love love this cake. I also made another cake for his home birthday cake, a huge carrot cake. It was taaaaaaaaaaasty and we made so much that we have leftovers in the freezer. I added a can of crushed pineapple to the cake too.

Anyway, back to my brother’s cake. We made cake and then he took it to his dinner party with his mates and then he came back home about 2 minutes later because his friends had made him a cake already (or course) and they were just tricking him. And then he said something I didn’t really listen to* and then he went to enjoy friend cake. So it was me and my sister at home and we decided that we could eat some cake. And then my bro came home and was all like ‘You ate my cake! I was going to take it to work tomorrow*!’ (this is what he apparently told me when I wasn’t listening…heh). So we set our make-semi-eaten-cake-look-like-whole-cake plan in motion…

Step 1. Slice cake (note the missing 2 pieces)

Step 2. Slice orange. (This is my most favourite photo. Ever. Well at least at the moment. )

Step 3. Arrange as shown in picture…

It’s pretty swish is it not? Also, how do you like our classy plastic wine glass vase? I love it. Lately we’ve been plundering random nieghbourhood gardens for flowers. Cheap, but thrilling and fun. Our current flower is a half dead bird of paradise.

That is all for me today, I have much uni stuff looming over my head.

Love you all,

xo

ps. I just joined a very cute flickr group, What I Wore Today. Just posting my drawing now…