Last Tuesday Minibakebakegirl turned 12. Here's a picture of her when she was three - she loved her picnic garden set - so many lovely teddy tea parties in the sunshine. The past few years I have decorated her birthday cakes with fondant icing (here and here) - but I don't like it - I usually end up eating only the sponge - having spent ages in the kitchen making the cake, I feel a bit hard done by!! This year I decided to make a chocolate cake covered with chocolate ganache. The recipe I used was a Lulu Grimes one from Olive magazine's 10th birthday issue, last year.
I love rainbow cakes, when the surprise is when you cut into it - like my jubilee cake. But sometimes the amount of food colouring required to get a decent colour is scary!! This layers in this cake are - vanilla, caramel, caramel chocolate and chocolate. Then there are three ganaches - dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel. I sprinkled the top with "bronze crunch" from Waitrose.
I am really pleased how it turned out, the layers look great. We had family round to share it with on Saturday. With four tiers this is a definite special occasion cake. The sponge was really easy to make and I could adapt it for a smaller cake with two layers for another time.
Minibakebakegirl had a lovely birthday - she got her braces fitted on Friday so she is still getting used to them.
Thanks for visiting,
Today's top three Spotify songs:
1. You've Got Time - Regina Spektor
2. I Can't Stand The Rain - Eruption
3. Daydream in Blue - I Monster