Last week was my birthday and in true Emma tradition I got so crazy busy with work and kids and other stuff that I was running out of time to make the ‘Dr Pepper drink can’ shaped cake that I’d dream of making for my party? (I’m addicted to the stuff – but that cake will have to wait till next year!) So, what did I do? In a word (or two) I kept it simple!
I decided that as time wasn’t on my side I would just make a really tallcake with different coloured rainbow layers inside. It was inspired by . When each cake came out of the oven it looked just like the one before! The outside had browned and I had no idea what the colours were going to look like on the inside. I just hoped that they would be pretty different. As it turned out they were, but, when you’re adding the food colouring you never know!Once I had stacked the cake and given it a layer of buttercream I covered it with the pale blue sugarpaste and added dots all over it with a few ’40’s’ for good measure. I got these circle at the Bake show earlier in the year and I can’t stop using them. They’re great for jazzing up a plain cake in a jiffy and are so easy and fun to use.
The cake sat on the food table all night until the “Happy birthday” chorus began. When I cut into it there was such a great reaction from the crowd. It really made me smile! Gasps of “Look at the colours/layers/size!” came from my friends. Well, I couldn’t have the cake completely plain, now could I? Thank goodness the colours worked and actually turned out much prettier than I expected!
The slices were so tall that each piece had to be cut in half. And guess who didn’t even get a crumb? Yep me! It’s a good thing that my Mum made me a cake for my family celebration meal the following night. I had plenty of that cake and as I’ve said before. My Mum’s Madeira cake really is the best in the world, but mine looks pretty good too!
So, who knows what’s in store for the year ahead? As they say life begins at 40, so watch this space!