My lovely little niece is 3 years old. The years have flown by quickly! This year my sister asked me to make the birthday cake as the celebrant had made a very specific request. She wanted a chocolate cake with strawberry, raspberry and blueberries. Given my love of baking I was ready to rise up to the task. It has been a while since I have baked a chocolate cake and a while since I have made a cake with a fruit topping, so I was quite excited by the challenge. I remember that in the summer and autumn of 2014, I was frequently baking fruit tops cakes. I also remember being really interested in replicating national flags (study of flags is called vexillogy)! At time work and especially personal life was very stressful and I found baking and creating a soothing outlet.
Life is bit different now but my love of baking still goes on. I made the cake for my niece’s first birthday two years ago. This year I took to Facebook for inspiration and advice. I have recently joined a foodie group and I am in foodie heaven, I have joined a group of people that seem love cooking and taking pictures of food as much as me. I asked the group for recipe and presentation ideas and they did not disappoint. I ended up choosing a recipe from Nigella Lawson – Old fashioned chocolate cake.
Below you can see the cake I made in my ‘practice run’.
What happened to that cake? Nacho and I polished it off slice by slice during the week. He ate his slices for tea and I had mine for breakfast!
The final cake was made on Friday evening after work, not before a quick trip to Hobbycraft where I bought myself a tilting cake turntable – yes my life is complete…
During this cake making episode I have learned how to make chocolate ganache. It’s really easy – chocolate and double cream. I cannot wait play about with other recipes. I also made a pseudo-jam filling by heating the strawberries with two tablespoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of caster sugar. This was basically the cooked version of the macerated strawberries that I have been preparing on a regular basis since I returned from Spain earlier this year.
The final product made it safely to my sister’s house and was eaten in lovely September sunshine.