Yet another speedy post to add a few recent cake pictures. I’m not sure I should even make excuses for my bad blogging behaviour because I’ve left it so long and I’m not sure how long it will be until my next one. I do have a few posts in progress and a possible competition but feel I should wait until I have more time to devote to it properly. In the meantime some cake pics to tide you over.
This cake was a lot of fun to design and create. It was for a friend on twitter who was the 2nd person ever to follow me and for that I am truly thankful, I’ve met a lot of wonderful tweeps through her and discovered a whole world of kitsch that I didn’t even know existed. Her hubby and son are pretty darn fabulous too. The brief was a retro caravan with Michael written on the board. I may have got carried away with the additions but I couldn’t resist as I knew a few of his favourite things and wanted to make it personal for him. I was also lucky enough to see his reaction as his mum kindly videoed it for me. That was a lovely treat for me as I often don’t see the recipient’s delight when they see the cake for the first time.
This most recent cake was for a friend I work with. I made her a decorated cake last year so this year I decided to concentrate on flavour rather than design. She has a fondness for Reese’s Peanut Butter cups so I thought I’d try to incorporate peanut butter into the cake. I scoured my multitude of baking books and found the ultimate peanut butter cake.
It’s from All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray which was an impulse purchase from Urban Outfitters. Yes, I am the kind of person that gets a gift card for a clothing shop and manages to buy yet another baking book with it! It’s a great book with wonderful side storys to each cake and personal notes from the author on adapting or perfecting the recipe. Great for a beginner or amateur to build up their flavour repertoire.
I chose the Heaven and Hell cake , so called for it’s alternate layers of Devils Food Cake and Angel Food Cake with a peanut butter mousse filling and milk chocolate ganache coating. It is decadence personified and I can’t even imagine the calorie count in each slice (so I don’t!) I used my own vanilla cake recipe for the Heaven layers and Melissa’s recipe for the Hell layer. I was pleasantly suprised that the Devil’s Food cake was as moist as my usual recipe as she uses coffee instead of sour cream in her mixture.
I’m not a fan of peanut butter so I didn’t try the cake myself but it received great comments, best of all from the birthday girl and it is definitely one that I’m adding to my choice of flavours.