I did it! I almost didn’t bother, but after my weekend plans changed, it freed up the time necessary to embark on the huge task of making and decorating a cake. You must know by now that I don’t do things by halves so my first attempt at decorating a cake was a recreation of a t-shirt design for the the Threadcakes annual cake decorating competition. I don’t for a minute think I have a chance of winning but it was definitely fun trying.
Cookies was my second choice for the design. I discovered my first choice had already been done, and not done, but done very well. Initially the design seemed fairly straightforward, just a series of circles, but I hadn’t appreciated how I would get the 3D circles into the cake itself.
The other problem with making a cake is that I’m not a huge fan of eating it. I had to go all out and make a full on chocolate mud cake and cover it with chocolate ganache. Not for anyone who is on a diet, that’s for sure. I was going to make cupcakes for the cookies, but once I had cut the eyes from the first cake, I decided I liked the uniform look of the perfectly formed cylinders, so I made a second mud cake, only it was white chocolate the second time.
I usually like to type my story for each blog post, but I think I’m going to let the photos do the talking for my first cake decorating experience.
And then I had to cut into it. I would have looked at it for a few days more but for the competition deadline I had to take a photo of me cutting into it and eating it to prove it was cake and not polystyrene.
Posted: August 21st, 2011 under desserts.