It has been a bit of a manic weekend. It started with a Halloween party on Friday, hosted by The Last Tuesday Society. It was definitely on the alternative side, if you’re interested www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org.
For Saturday, I set about making my friends birthday cake, which is the main subject of this post, and thought I’d rustle up some Halloween cupcakes to take up to my friend in Oxford, where we went in the evening. I thought I’d try the spider web effect with some white and black fondant icing. I should have learnt from the Bake Off that fondant icing is no easy thing. I was really quite pleased with the cakes when I had made them, the lines were a bit wobbly but they looked good. They did not travel well. The fondant was not set and the only way I can describe it is they oozed. The lines oozed into the white, and the white oozed everywhere. So I had a sort of sticky grey oozed effect. Fortunately my friends knew how disappointed I was with them, and were coming up with things like “No they’ve got a nice marble effect” and “well, they’re not your best work”. Luckily the cakes tasted pretty good. Will have to try harder with fondant next time.
So yes on to the birthday cake. The request was for a chocolate orange cake, with chocolate buttercream. It seems none of my friends are fans of rolled icing, so I have been perfecting my crumb coat and buttercream finishes lately. Continue reading