A chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, panelled with Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate and topped with fresh berries. This was my first time using chocolate in this way. I had to temper the chocolate to help keep its finish and texture after melting it to shape it for the panels. This was tricky as I discovered my sugar thermometer doesn’t go low enough! I guessed a little but I’m not sure how it affected the finished chocolate. Foolishly, although I knew not to put warm chocolate in the fridge to set (or else it develops a white “bloom”) I didn’t think and put the panelled cake in the fridge to set up a bit before adding the berries. Hence the white marks on the chocolate. I’ll know better for next time!
A mermaid castle cake for Rosie’s 6th birthday. Bottom tier is chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling, middle tier is vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and raspberry filling, top tier and towers are dummies. Hand-painted mermaid. The shells were made by my 7-year-old son using the plastic insert from a box of chocolates. This cake very nearly didn’t come off, as I was delayed by a migraine and then by my older daughter breaking her finger and having to have trips to hospital to sort it out. But it was worth it to know that Rosie had the cake she’d envisioned.
A chocolate cake for Emily. This was a challenge as she is on a dairy and wheat free diet. The cake was easy enough, but making the buttercream to go as a crumb-coat under the fondant was a challenge. In the end it was too soft and didn’t hold its shape too well. All in all, it was a good challenge, and I know what to do better next time.