One of my very good friends is involved in the Wanneroo [Agricultural] Show and has been for years. Too many too mention! Last year she said I should enter a cake in the Wanneroo Show, and when I decided to go on my sabbatical she pretty much made it a requirement (a challenge!). My Mum is now on the case and has an entry form for the Gidgegannup [Agricultural] Show… so I have until 26th of October to deliver a cake (or two) to the hills, and until 23rd of November to deliver a cake (or two) to my old stomping ground.
Also in October I am planning to make a cake for my niece and my brother-in-law (they are visiting from the UK), so I really need to start planning what I want to make, as sometimes that is the hardest part. So to give me some inspiration I thought I would recapitulate some of the cakes I have made thus far:
My youngest sister had a Christmas in July dinner at her house this year. Delicious moist turkey, crackling (that crackled!), apple sauce, cranberry sauce…. hmmmm, how many days until Christmas? It was amazing and we were very impressed her oven (and her planning) coped feeding 9 adults and 2 kidlets!
So I offered to make a cake! The first cake I was to make on my sabbatical!
Now to me a Christmas cake (and a wedding cake) should be a fruit cake, but I understand for some strange reason that people do not like fruit cake – is it because of the word fruit? So I decided to make a dual-layer cake, one fruit and one chocolate (fail safe right?). But I guess instead of layer, in my case I mean mountain! The back mountain was made from fruit cake and the front one is chocolate. I also made the little Christmas characters – my Dad didn’t seem to believe it!
(And yes I did some gimping on the first photo, I wanted to highlight the snowball that had hit one of the penguins, and also to see if I could make it snow!)
Earlier this year I offered to make a cake for a baby shower. We were lucky and knew the bub was going to be a baby girl. It was fun making this cake because the colours were so cute, and I bought a few more cake decorating supplies (letter and feet cutters!). But I will admit decorating the square blocks took a while.
A little girl was scrolling through the photos on my phone today and this cake got a bit of a squeal from her. I’ll take that as a compliment
Last year the girl, that squealed at the baby cake today, asked for a Disney Princess cake for her birthday. I could not work out how to make a cake with all the Disney Princesses, so I chose one. Being a lover of early Disney cartoons I chose Cinderella, plus an idea started to form of making mice and pumpkins!
The hardest part of the cake was finding the glass slipper! Good old Target came through in the end.
Another cake I made earlier this year was the indian teepee cake. It wasn’t specifically a birthday cake, but I was visiting some friends with two gorgeous children whom I hadn’t seen for a year – any excuse right? For this cake I used the picture of the ‘play wigwam’ for inspiration from Debbie Brown’s 50 Easy Party Cakes book. I did learn a lesson from this cake, that chocolate cake (and under icing) is hard to worth with when using lighter fondant colours!
A Cake To Say “I Love You”:
A few weeks ago my Granddad was moved into a “retreat”. He is 92 and he had been living by himself with his labrador, which I think is amazing. I don’t know if I would be able to live by myself at this age, let alone in nearly 60 years time!
My youngest sister and I went to visit him and I thought I would take him some cake. I had some spare fruit cake from my Dad’s birthday cake (something you are yet to see!), so I made this bright cake for my Granddad (affectionately known as GG – Great Granddad to his 22 (?) great grandkids!). I decided after this cake that using gel writing pens is not that easy! Squeezing hard and trying to write neatly is difficult!
P.S. He can be a bit of a rascal hence the P.S. on his cake!
So I have a lot to think about (and plan) for October and November. Would anyone like to suggest a cake they would like me to make for the Wanneroo or Gidge shows?