Life is about balance – have your oats but don't forget the cheesecake!
Becoming ‘cake boss’: my self-taught journey in cake decorating!
Baking is my stress relief and I have taken up more adventurous forms of cake decorating over the past 2 years while studying for my specialist exams. I am no where near as advanced as many of the other foodies you find on social media, but this is just one of those hobbies that I do because I love it rather than trying to be the best at it.
Perhaps my cakes below can be of some inspiration next time you’d like to try something a little different. If the photos below show anything, it’s that practice clearly makes perfect. While I still have a long way to go, I’m still pretty stoked with how far I’ve come already!
I was super happy with this one at the time. Yes the ganache looks super thick, and ohmygoodness this was one of the heaviest cakes I’ve ever made, but it was honestly a thrill to see my colleague’s faces light up when they found this monster in the tea room.
Toothpicks and fruit can get a bit squishy, so I’d use ganache to glue them on next time. But otherwise I loved making this!
I was honestly sick of the taste of both caramel and chocolate by the end of making this BUT the cake itself turned out not as sickly sweet as I’d imagined. It helped that I made the buttercream less sweet, so all in all the flavours balanced out. I just adore all the different shapes in the decorations on top (made with toblerone, malteasers, bueno and kitkat).
Just a casual work morning tea: red velvet, vanilla, chocolate fudge and cream cheese frosting in between, my first attempt at a red coloured buttercream, edible glitter and as always, lots of chocolate!
We have an unspoken rule about bringing morning tea when we’re facilitating education sessions. After arriving with this cake, my colleague asked why I had bought a “4 tiered wedding cake” to work (or topic was ‘trauma’ so I thought it only appropriate to have a dramatic looking cake!). It was again super heavy, very rich, a bit messy, but rather delicious. It also definitely looks lop sided in the photo, which I think is because I used a slightly bigger cake tin for the bottom layer and tried to trim it down.