You probably don’t know that my boyfriend is very tall. 6 ft 8 in fact. A year ago he started rowing and it has pretty much taken over his (and my) life. It’s his birthday today and I wanted to make him a cake that was rowing inspired, but not a full blown miniature boat complete with lycra-clad giants… This was also my first opportunity to make a birthday cake covered in fondant, and he had been talking about this cake for weeks, wondering how I was going to top the cake I made him last year, no pressure then!
So I went for a stripey cake in the colours of his club, Thames Rowing Club. Rowing inspired without a novelty boat. Now, this is my first ever fondant covered cake, come to think of it it’s my first square cake, so please excuse the wobbly, bobbly, slightly dented and misshapen-ness of it. I’m pretty pleased with it, but I know there’s a long way to go before my perfectionist side will be satisfied.
True to form, the boyfriend asked for a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. I used this recipe, with dairy free substitutions, in an 8 inch square tin and it turned out beautifully. I’ve been really inspired by The Chocolate Strawberry and the off-centre placement of the cake and simple clean lines is very much her signature, so I should give some credit to her for the look of this cake, even though hers are much better than this!