Monday, 7 March 2016

A Cake Occasion

This is quite a random blog post but I just wanted to share my enthusiasm! I've never been good at cooking or baking, I just don't have enough patience I guess. My sister on the other hand is amazing at making cakes and she makes so many for family and friends for all different occasions. So I thought this year for her birthday I would return the hard work she has put in and make her a very spectacular Barbie cake! Okay so my sister was turning 25 but she's still a big kid at heart and she loves pink and I just thought it was the perfect idea. I realise not having any baking experience that my decision to make a Barbie cake was throwing myself in the deep end but once I had the idea in my head there was no turning back.

Despite not being the best with a pair of oven gloves, I thoroughly enjoyed myself creating something so pretty. Even though I knew it could have turned into a huge disaster and I was quite literally covered in frosting, I did it, I made my own cake and I was rather proud of it.

I used a recipe from BBC good food, it was so easy and simple to understand so I have linked the website so you can go straight to it. I did change the recipe up a little, I made a bundt as the bottom part of the Barbie's dress, only because I read a few other recipes that used that and it looked really effective. So if you want to do that then you can use this recipe and then continue with the BBC recipe. Also, in between the layers of the cakes I spread jam and butercream for extra flavour so that it wasn't just a sponge cake, and I would highly recommend that. For the decoration of the Barbie I didn't use ready to roll icing only because I have never used it before and I wanted this cake to be a success, but if you have mastered the icing then go for it! Instead I made frosting and piped the Barbie's dress with a star-shaped nozzle, at first I did get a little frustrated but practice makes perfect!

I won't lie, this cake did take me a little longer than a couple of hours so be prepared if you are a beginner. But the best part was my sister's face when she saw the finished result, she loved it and she was very impressed with my efforts. It tasted so good, and it feeds so many people so you can hand out slices to friends and family or have lots leftover and we all love to have tea and cake don't we.

Here was my cake! If you don't have a Barbie at hand, this one was from the pound shop, so cheap as chips really!

So there you have it, I think that it shows anyone can do it, and it was quite a challenge for me that I was determined to finish it. I was very impressed with mine having never made a cake before on my own and it just makes a change than an ordinary birthday cake and it was much more fun being creative.


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