So I entered the The Cambridge Bake Off with a nice picture of some cuptail cakes I made and I made it through to the first round: Layered Chocolate Cake!
Well, despite my claims of being a Master Baker in my application it turned out I had never really made a layered chocolate cake before and it was a case of Mary Berry to the rescue.
With her Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe I made this baby:
She was a three layered chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganache and then covered in spikes of white and milk chocolate sheet. NOM. (Although I practiced this cake so much I still don't ever want chocolate cake ever (unless it is a brownie, obvs)).
Sadly she didn't survive the travel on the bus all that well but she got me through to Round Two: VICTORIA SPONGE.
This round is where it all went pear shaped. A week of practice resulting in beautifully risen Victoria Sponges resulted in my over confidence on the day. I only had some sly eating of cake batter before turning out two lovely massive sponges ready to be sandwiched together with cream and jam. I piled the stuff on with happy abandon but my cakes were too hot. A volcano like eruption of cream and jam ensued and by the time the cake got judged my poor Victoria Sandwich looked like a creamy accident belonging in A&E. I lost points on appearance so did not get through to the next round BUT I had a great time for three reasons:
- I got to eat a lot of cake.
- BF got to eat a lot of cake with me :)
- I now have a really buff arm from hand whipping cream.
Lesson: making cake is actually v good exercise and tasty.