It was Mum’s birthday back in January, and she asked me to make her a cake, so the above is what we ended up with!
My original plan was to make a basic dark chocolate four tier sponge cake with strawberry meringue buttercream. Before I’d even begun, I had to tackle what I thought would be my main obstacle in the making of what was supposed to be the most glorious and yummiest cake in the history of… cake. When most people pick out their ovens, they’d choose the good ol’ reliable electric option – my mothers always been a bit of a funny fish, but a double oven green gas rangemaster is taking it a bit too far. And we got it off ebay. And it refuses to allow cakes and pastries to do their thang and rise. NEED I GO FURTHER INTO MY OVEN RAGE?! But it turned into a goopy, gross, dripping mess of ick anyway.
Naturally, being the ditz that I am, I had no plan B. Who doesn’t have a plan B?! I have three hours before Mum comes back and four hours until we have a house full of guests. Do I take my sorry ass to Tesco and buy a pre-made one, therefore admitting defeat? Pretty much everyone coming knows that I’m trained in catering, worked mostly on pastry when in the kitchens and that I would be making Mum’s cake. So that option isn’t really an option is it.
NEW PLAN B! Simple Victoria Sponge recipe, top and bottom layer vanilla, middle layer chocolate, chocolate frosting to sandwich them together and cover the cake with, some ready made sugar icing cut to look like icing (strange concept?) and sprinkles, roll some into a ball to look like a cherry and voila! The only bit I was disappointed with was the icing holding the 50 – I didn’t want to make a hole in the cake and run out of time to get creative!
In the end Mum and her guests (rather drunk guests by the time they got to see it) said it looked and tasted great so job well done I think!Moral of the story? Plan B is always a good plan.