Daisy, Daisy

I’ve been dying to make pretty layer cakes for ages, and when I finally let myself do it I ended up making two in as many weeks! Of course I made the chocolate cake featured in my previous post, but before that I also made this beauty:

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A lemon sponge, filled with lemon curd and covered with lemon buttercream. I tried to make is taste as lemony as possible, so I added in extra zest, juice, and lemon extract.

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I had been putting off making layer cakes, as there are just not enough people around and I would probably end up either eating the majority of it myself, or wasting it, neither of which I wanted to do. I found the solution when I popped into Lakeland and found they were having a 40% off bakeware sale! I treated myself to some 6-inch tins. This meant I could stack the cake high, while only using a 3-egg sponge mix.

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This was my first attempt at properly icing a cake, and I think I did pretty well! I’m proud of it anyway, it was certainly the prettiest cake I’ve ever made.

If you are thinking of trying something like this, I found these videos a great help.

Wilsoooooooooon!

Today I thought I’d share one of my recent bakes with you. Although I don’t have too many photos of the cake, I thought it was pretty fun and worth sharing!

A couple of weeks ago was my sister’s birthday, and she requested a cake for her Tom Hanks-themed birthday party (don’t ask). After lots of pestering on my behalf, she finally came up with an idea for it – she wanted a Wilson cake.

If you don’t know, Wilson is a “character” in the movie Castaway, a volleyball that becomes one of Tom Hanks’ companions on the desert island he is washed up on.

I have to say that I was terrified at first, and continued to be worried until I’d finally finished with it. The only way I could think to do it was to bake a cake in a bowl and then cover it with fondant icing, and I’d not had much luck with that before. My sister and quite a few of her friends work as costume designers, ie. are artistic, work with their hands and pay great attention to detail. It felt like a lot of pressure to get the cake to look right.

The cake was a chocolate-Malteaser cake with white chocolate icing. I baked the cake in advance and froze it, as we were going on holiday and getting home on the day before the party. When I was ready to decorate it, I sliced the cake into layers, filled and coated it, trying to get the buttercream into a hemisphere. I then chilled it, covered it with the fondant, and got to decorating.

Unfortunately my camera was out of action that day, so I only have phone photos.

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I then decided to add blue royal icing to make it look as if he was floating in water. I don’t have a good photo of that, unfortunately. Here’s a photo of poor Wilson during the party though.

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