Connor turns 1
Disastrous Victoria sponge
Above is possibly the first cake I ever made. A dry, crumbly & burnt Victoria sponge that I slaved over for my son's first birthday. It was a mess. I think it's fair to say that I am not a natural baker. Dispite this, it hasn't stopped me from trying.
Over the years I have gone on to make an aray of birthday cakes for my children & family. Here are some of my favourite...
A chocolate panda cake for a friends birthday
A gluten, soya & dairy free sponge bob square pants cake for my friends son.
A four layered Spider-Man cake for my baby brother.
A chocolate mousse cake Hummingbird Bakery recipe - my son's cake last year (the tastiest cake I have ever made in my opinion)
Although I have pulled off some lovely cakes... There have been some total disasters. The most memorable one was this...
An attempt at a flourless chocolate cake.
A massive gooey mess (it tastes fantastic though). I still haven't worked out what went wrong!
Connor turns 10
Lemon, white chocolate & raspberry cake
For Connor's birthday this year, I decided to try my own adaptation of a tried & tested recipe...
I made a lemon cake from a recipe that my mum gave me years ago & it has always been a hit.
To make it a bit more special, I added some flavours which I thought might work.
Once the cake was cool, I split it into half. Inside I started with a thin layer of lemon curd, this was topped with some white chocolate buttercream (the recipe is here http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5VHkrqsKOUM), followed by some halved fresh raspberries and then sandwiched with a layer of raspberry jam.
The cake was then coated in a thick layer of the white chocolate buttercream & decorated with fresh raspberries, large milky way buttons & white chocolate stars.
The flavour combination was lovely although the cake could have benefited from being a bit thicker to allow for a more even distribution of topping/filling to cake. If I was planning to make this cake again I would double the size of the cake mix to allow for this.
Overall the cake was a hit. The birthday boy gave it 10 out of 10!